Brendan Rodgers says Kolo Toure's fitness is decent

Liverpool's Kolo Toure during the press conference

The defender completed a move to Celtic last week after being released by Liverpool at the end of last season.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at the end of the match

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told the club’s official website that Kolo Toure is at a decent level of fitness and he should be available next week. 

The defender joined Celtic earlier this month, reuniting with Rodgers following his release by Liverpool at the end of last season.

He has been brought in to add some much needed quality and experience to a defence that is lacking in both at this moment in time.

Liverpool's Kolo Toure during the press conference

He was unavailable for their clash with FC Astana on Wednesday, but Rodgers says he is expecting him to play some part in the second leg after spending this week working on his fitness.

“I think he will be a lot closer to being available,” he told the club’s official website.

"He’s at a decent level of fitness and has worked in the off-season. So after a good week’s training this week and some game-time at the weekend I would expect him to play some part next week.”

Liverpool's Kolo Toure and Emre Can in action with Manchester City's Yaya Toure

It now remains to be seen whether Toure is the only defender to arrive at Celtic this season.

The defence has come in for stern criticism already this summer, with defender Efe Ambrose coming under particular focus after his display against Lincoln Red Imps.

Many believe that Celtic's current options in the position are not good enough for them if they are looking to compete, and it will be interesting to see if Rodgers believes the capture of Toure is enough to improve his side.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the match

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