Celtic confirm capture of experience defender

Celtic have confirmed the signing of 35-year-old Kolo Toure on their official website.

The Ivorian is reunited with manager Brendan Rodgers, after working together at Liverpool over the last couple of seasons.

That relationship with Toure played a big part in the move, with Rodgers signalling out the defender’s experience as a key attribute:

“I brought Kolo into Liverpool to add that bit of experience and help to the centre-halves there at the time,” the Hoops boss said.

“He was outstanding in the big games for me when I was there. He looks after himself, he’s a wonderful professional and he has good experience.”

Toure for Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal over a 14-year-spell in the Premier League, collecting 3 FA Cups along with 2 Premier League titles. He also has well over 100 caps for the Ivory Coast, after making his national team debut in 2000.

The 35-year-old didn’t win any silverware with Liverpool, but did score his first goal since 2011, netting in the 6-0 victory at Aston Villa.

Whilst the club’s website didn’t discuss the possibility of Toure playing in Celtic’s UEFA Champions League qualifier on Wednesday, Brendan Rodgers has suggested he is unlikely to play: