As reported by The Scotsman, young Celtic striker Jack Aitchison has revealed that despite not featuring for the first team at Celtic right now, Kolo Toure is still performing a key role at the club.
Toure hasn’t started a game at Celtic since December but that isn’t stopping him playing a vital role in the future of this Celtic squad.
17 year old Jack Aitchison, the Hoops’ youngest ever player and goalscorer, has been enthusing about the Ivorian legend’s recent contribution to the development of young players at the club.
As quoted by The Scotsman, Aitchison said:
He told me I was one of the best he’d seen so that gives me the belief I can go quite far. He’s great with the younger players. He comes to watch the training and games. Kolo’s had a good career and it says a lot about him that he’s willing to give up his time like that. He’s still the ultimate professional. He’s a very nice guy and I think his son’s in the youth system so he understands it from that perspective as well.
Given the experience he holds as player, winning almost everything in the game, it’s a massive boost for Brendan Rodgers to bottle some of that knowledge and pass it on to the stars of the future.
Kolo Toure’s last start for the club was in a 4-3 victory over Motherwell at Fir Park, a match that could have gone the other way on the day. Toure looked off the pace, despite having been solid in his 10 appearances before that day.
He did feature off the bench in February but the scope for him starting another game anytime soon seems limited.
With his playing contract coming to an end this summer, taking up a coaching role makes perfect sense both for his future career in football and for the Celtic squad.
As Jack Aitchison explains, it’s already been a massive boost for some players coming through the ranks.