Scottish champions Celtic has confirmed that the club have completed the signing of former Liverpool defender Kolo Touré on a one-year deal.
Touré had been a free agent since his Liverpool contract expired on June 30th, and new Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, was delighted at re-uniting with the Ivorian, capped 118 times by his country, with Rodgers previously signing and managing the defender at Liverpool.
With 353 Premier League appearances and 118 caps at international level – along with appearances at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup and seven Africa Cup of Nations tournaments – the Ivorian defender brings with him an incredible wealth of experience and Rodgers is no doubt confident he can have a big impact in Glasgow.
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Speaking on the capture of the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool defender, Brendan Rodgers told the club website:
“I brought Kolo into Liverpool to add that bit of experience and help to the centre-halves there at the time, you saw from his impact there and in particular last season, he was a very important player Jürgen Klopp towards the end of last season, playing in the Europa League final.
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.
With a lot of young players in our squad, he can really help them and he can be of great assistance for the likes of Scott Brown, who is a wonderful leader.
But he needs support and help around him as well. It will be nice for Scotty to have someone behind him who has that real big-game experience. Kolo can do very well for us.”
During Touré’s time in the English Premier League the defender won two league titles and three FA Cups. With Celtic aiming for their sixth league title win in a row, there’s a huge possibility the Ivorian will be picking up more winners medals in Glasgow this season.