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Ivory Coast legend Kolo Touré joins Celtic coaching staff

Ivory Coast legend Kolo Touré joins Celtic coaching staff

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Former defender Kolo Touré has joined the coaching staff at Celtic, the Scottish side have announced on Friday.

The former Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool defender has retired from football last summer and will join Brendan Rodgers’s coaching staff at Celtic.

Kolo Touré has played for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and Celtic and now Rodgers has appointed the Ivorian as technical coach at Scottish champions Celtic.

“This is great news for Celtic that we are able to bring a man of Kolo’s experience into our coaching team,” Brendan Rodgers said.

“He is a fantastic role model for our younger players and someone who has a level of experience and knowledge which can only be invaluable to our established players.

“We are delighted that we will benefit from this experience and I know will make a real contribution to the club in this role,” he added.

The 36-year-old former defender has also expressed his delight at returning back to Celtic Park, saying he is looking forward to working with Brendan Rodgers.

“I couldn’t be happier to be back at this great club. This is a new chapter in my career, a new beginning. The football is over now. I can officially say I am retired from playing and now I am fully concentrating on coaching,” Touré said.

“Now I will try to give advice, help the young players and just guide them and pass on all the experience I have acquired during my career.

“I can learn so much from working with Brendan Rodgers, he is a top manager. I will be working with him and his staff very closely each day.

“He is one of the best young managers in the world right now. What he’s doing for Celtic is there for all to see, he’s doing amazingly right now,” the Ivorian concluded.

Celtic currently sit top of the Scottish Premiership after five games and are set to face Ross County Saturday September 16 at Celtic Park. 

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