Kolo Toure could prove to be an excellent signing for Celtic

Kolo Toure Ivory Coast

Celtic have another new addition to their ranks in the form of the Ivorian centre-back.


Liverpool's Kolo Toure during the press conference

Kolo Toure signed a one-year deal at Parkhead on Sunday after watching his new club’s friendly with Leicester City from the stands the day before.

Although this move will seem marquee to some, it was also much needed for new Bhoys manager Brendan Rodgers.

With Efe Ambrose close to an exit, Charlie Mulgrew’s future still undecided and Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic both injured, the options to find a partner for Erik Sviatchenko at the heart of defence are short.

Celtic's Efe Ambrose looks dejected at the end of the match

While the first leg of Celtic’s Champions League second qualifying round tie against Astana will prove too soon for Toure, there is no doubt he can become invaluable in time.

Even at 35 the Ivorian showed that he remains more than capable, making 26 appearances and helping Liverpool reach the Europa League final last season.

Carrying bags of experience, including being part of Arsenal’s invincibles and with 118 international caps to his name, he will help a talented group of youngsters at Parkhead.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conference

The veteran certainly has the right mentality to slot firmly into a side on a quest for European success and aid a defence to their title in the most exciting Premiership season in years.

And speaking in such high regard immediately for his new team during an interview with Celtic TV will be sure to get the fans on board.

Back in 2010, David Weir became the oldest ever winner of the Scottish Football Writers’ Association’s Player of the Year award a day before his 40th birthday.

He proved that age is just a number at Rangers; do not be surprised to see Toure do the same for their old enemy.

Manchester City's David Silva in action with Liverpool's  Jon Flanagan and Kolo Toure

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