According to Sky Sports, Kolo Toure’s exit from Liverpool has been confirmed with the centre-back set to walk away from the club at the end of the expiring contract.
It is a decision which many Liverpool supporters have been taken aback by, illustrating how the former Ivory Coast international has been a good player for the club and still boasts plenty of quality.
Toure will no doubt have the pick of a number of top clubs to join this summer, yet one side which could interest him the most is a return to work under Brendan Rodgers at Celtic.
Rodgers signed Toure while he was the Liverpool manager, and the defender soon became a key fixture for the Merseyside club under the Northern Irishman’s tenure at Anfield.
Rodgers, now in charge at Celtic after succeeding Ronny Deila, has a big job on his hands in Scotland as he looks to improve the team both on the domestic front and on the European stage.
The Hoops boast a decent squad capable of winning every domestic trophy they are involved in, and a boost in quality in certain areas will give them a better chance of progression in the Champions League.
Toure may now be 35, but he would undoubtedly improve Celtic’s defence and signing him on a short-term deal could work out well for all parties involved - not least Rodgers, who will be joined by a familiar face.
He may be in high demand and come at a cost, but the cost of his likely high salary would be a risk worth taking as the defender could be key in the qualification for the Champions League group stage.