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Kolo Toure joins Celtic

Scottish champions Celtic has signed veteran defender Kolo Toure on a free transfer. The 35-year-old Ivorian was a free agent after his contract with Liverpool expired.

Toure, who signed a one-year-deal with Celtic, will rejoin manager Brendan Rodgers who he played for at Liverpool.

“I left a great club and I am joining a great club,” Toure said. “I am looking forward to it.

“Celtic have a great history and for me, it is a privilege again to be able to play for one of the best clubs in the world.

“When I heard Celtic wanted me I was really, really happy and joining Brendan Rodgers was something really, really special as well.

“We have been together at Liverpool and had a great time there. Now to work with him again is great. Brendan is a top manager, one of the best. He did a great job at Swansea and Liverpool and I’m sure he will do a great job here.”

Celtic assistant manager Chris Davis says he hopes Toure can be an “inspirational figure” for the young players at the club.

“I am really pleased,” Davies said. “Obviously we worked with Kolo at Liverpool, he brings two things: he’s a top defender who is good with the ball and he also brings a real authority and experience.

“He is an inspirational figure so we are not only getting a really good player but someone who can inspire players around them to help the team and younger players.

“He has been working with a personal trainer so it is an important week physically for him and we will see how it goes.”

Kolo Toure joins Celtic

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