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Celtic: Kolo Toure rejoins club as technical assistant after ending playing career

Kolo Toure says he « couldn’t be happier » after returning to Celtic to join the club’s coaching staff as a technical assistant.

Toure, 36, made 17 appearances for Celtic last season before ending his playing career to focus on coaching.

« This is a new chapter in my career, a new beginning. The football is over now, » Toure told the Celtic website. 

« I can officially say I am retired from playing and now I am fully concentrating on coaching. »

In his new role, the former Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City defender will be « supporting on all first-team coaching matters » and using his knowledge to assist Celtic’s various youth levels.

‘Learn so much from Brendan Rodgers’

After taking up a coaching role with the Ivory Coast national set-up in the summer, Toure is relishing his coaching opportunity in the Scottish Premiership.

« For me, there is no big change in terms of what I will be doing, » he said. « I have always been the kind of player who tries to help those around me.

« 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. »

Toure had gained some coaching experience in the second half of last season at Celtic and is eager for more.

« I can learn so much from working with Brendan Rodgers, » he said. « 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.

 

Celtic assistant Kolo Toure

Toure made 17 appearances for Celtic before calling time on his playing career

« What he’s doing for Celtic is there for all to see. He’s doing amazingly right now. »

Manager Rodgers said Toure was a welcome addition to his coaching staff.

« This is great news for Celtic that we are able to bring a man of Kolo’s experience into our coaching team, » the Celtic manager said.

« 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.

« 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. »

 

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