Kolo Toure explains what qualities he will bring to Celtic

Liverpool's Kolo Toure during the press conference

The veteran defender has reunited with Brendan Rodgers at Parkhead.

Liverpool's Kolo Toure during the press conferenceKolo Toure

Celtic new boy Kolo Toure has provided insight into exactly what the Hoops are getting with their second summer signing, in an interview with the club’s official website.

The 35-year old arrives on a free transfer, following the expiry of his contract with Liverpool this summer, and he is confident he will add a great deal to Brendan Rodgers’ squad.

Celtic - Brendan Rodgers Press ConferenceCeltic - Brendan Rodgers

“I’ve played in good teams in England with Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool,” said Toure. “The first thing is that I love the game and the only thing I know is hard work. I’ll give everything I’ve got to help the team succeed and that’s my main target.”

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

“I feel great. I have a special personal trainer and I was back in the Ivory Coast training with him. My body is ready, ready to work hard and give everything for the club.

“I have been playing for top clubs and I’m used to the challenge and I’m here to give everything I’ve got to win my place. You can only win your place on the pitch and that’s through hard work, dedication and determination and I’m ready for that,” he added.

His words will have the Parkhead faithful excited about the forthcoming season and despite being well into the twilight of his career, Toure remains a top quality defender.

Central defence has been a problematic area for Celtic recently, with injuries to Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata - coupled with unconvincing displays from Efe Ambrose - leaving Rodgers with little to choose in that department.

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Cetic's Efe AmbroseCetic's Efe Ambrose

Summer signing Kristoffer Ajer looks a good prospect but should be integrated slowly and with Toure’s arrival Rodgers can now call upon one of the most experienced defenders around.

Wednesday’s Champions League clash with FK Astana will probably come too soon for the former Arsenal and Manchester City star but Rodgers will hope to be able to call upon his services in the very near future.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch