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Chris Davies discusses Kolo Toure's Celtic move, says he will be inspirational figure

Liverpool's Kolo Toure during the press conference

The Hoops assistant manager is delighted to have brought the veteran defender from Liverpool.

Liverpool's Kolo Toure during the press conference

Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies has told reporters, as quoted by BT Sport, that Kolo Toure will serve as an "inspiration" to his new teammates this season, but admitted the defender is having to work on his fitness.

Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers and his right-hand man Davies reunited with Toure this weekend, signing the veteran on and one-year deal following his release from their former club Liverpool.

Toure became the Bhoys' fourth signing of summer and the first not to still be in his teenage years, following the arrivals of youngsters Moussa Dembele, Kristoffer Ajer, and PJ Crossan.

Liverpool's Kolo Toure tackles Sevilla's Kevin Gameiro

Davies admitted that he is delighted that the Celtic management team have been able to secure a deal fro the 35-year-old Ivorian, and claimed that the centre-back will be a true leader of men at Parkhead this season.

The assistant boss said, via BT Sport: "I am really pleased. Obviously we worked with Kolo at Liverpool, he brings two things: he's a top defender who is good with the ball and he also brings a real authority and experience.

"He is an inspirational figure so we are not only getting a really good player but someone who can inspire players around them to help the team and younger players.

Liverpool's Kolo Toure in action with Villarreal's Cedric Bakambu

"He has been working with a personal trainer so it is an important week physically for him and we will see how it goes."

Toure might be in the twilight of his career, but the huge amount of experience playing for top teams that he boasts over the course of his career will be invaluable to Rodgers' young side.

The defender has 499 senior club appearances to his name in addition to his 118 Ivory Coast caps, and has won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with Arsenal and Manchester City. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Alberto Moreno and Kolo Toure at the end of the match

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