Celtic today announced that a deal has been agreed to sign Krasnodar midfielder Kouassi Eboue – and he has told the club's official website that he's 'really happy' to be playing alongside Kolo Toure.
Eboue, 19, has impressed in Russia with Krasnodar having joined from Armenian side Shirak in 2014, and he caught the eye of Celtic with two assists in this season's Europa League.
Now, the 6ft 1in midfielder has joined the Bhoys on a four-year deal subject to receiving a work permit, with BBC Sport reporting that the fee involved in the move is £3million.
Celtic now face something of a wait until they know whether Eboue is granted a work permit, but the player himself has been discussing his move to Scotland.
Eboue joins fellow Ivorian Kolo Toure at Celtic, and the veteran defender may be called upon to help teenager Eboue settle into life with the Bhoys.
Celtic's Kolo Toure in action with Barcelona's Lionel Messi
After completing his move to Celtic Park, Eboue told the Celtic official website that he used to watch and support Toure having been one of the biggest players in Ivorian football, and even claimed that he's 'really happy' just to think about playing alongside the 35-year-old.
Eboue added that he hopes to learn from Toure and other Celtic players, and he's well aware of players like Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair, Scott Brown and Dedryck Boyata, meaning he has a decent knowledge of Brendan Rodgers' squad.
“Yes, because Kolo is a big man,” said Eboue. “When I was young I watched TV and supported him and now when I think I’ll play alongside him I’m really happy. When I knew he was here I asked about Celtic and I’m happy to be here with him.”
“I will learn with him and Celtic has many good players so I will learn with them too. I knew of Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair and the captain, Scott Brown as well. I knew of Dedryck Boyata as well from when he played at Manchester City,” he added.
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