Ivory Coast leg­end to coach Celtic

The Independent on Saturday - - SPORT RACING -

LONDON: Kolo Toure has joined Scot­tish cham­pi­ons Celtic as part of their coach­ing set-up af­ter an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment from play­ing, the club said yes­ter­day.

For­mer Ivory Coast de­fender Toure, who played for Celtic last sea­son af­ter spells with Arse­nal, Manch­ester City and Liver­pool, joins as Tech­ni­cal As­sis­tant.

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

“In ev­ery­thing he does, he is quite sim­ply a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple to any­one.

“He has worked at the top of the game for so many years and he has all the qual­i­ties which any player of any age should as­pire to.”

The 36-year-old, who made nine league ap­pear­ances for Celtic last sea­son, said he was pleased to be back in Glas­gow.

“I couldn’t be hap­pier to be back at this great club,” he said.

“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.”

Toure also took on coach­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties with Ivory Coast this year, hav­ing earned 120 caps. – Reuters

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.