By Alex Taylor
Kolo Toure rolled back the years in Celtic’s 5-2 win over Hapoel Beer-Sheva on Wednesday evening – and fans hailed their new hero on Twitter.
The Hoops have given themselves a great chance of qualifying for the Champions League group stages following their triumph over the Israeli side in the first match of the two-legged Play-off.
The Glasgow giants had already swept aside the Lincoln Red Imps and FC Astana before Wednesday night’s to provide a springboard to a return to Europe’s elite competition.
Supports were amazed at Toure’s influence in Celtic’s second goal and his overall performance on the night after the 35-year-old was chosen to start at centre-back.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) August 17, 2016
What a signing Kolo toure is gonna turn out to be for us, looks immense, all the players have that fire again, good times ahead bhoys+ghirls
— mark dolan (@dolobhoy) August 17, 2016
Kolo Toure looks like Beckenbauer tonight @celticfc
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) August 17, 2016
Somebody talk to me about how good kolo toure has been in this game 😂😂
— steveeeeee (@stevenmck4) August 17, 2016
kolo toure is the best player on the planet
— mckinlay (@rossmckinlaay) August 17, 2016
Anyone else completely in love with Kolo Toure?
— Andrew V Watson (@andyvwatson) August 17, 2016
Kolo Toure is like Zinedine Zidane tonight!
— Chris Toal (@Chrispytoal) August 17, 2016
Rodger’s side scored three first-half goals through a ninth minute Tom Rogić stike followed by a brace from Leigh Griffiths to put them in control of the game.
Toure though did not manage to help his team keep a clean sheet after two goals in two second-half minutes from Lucio Maranhão and Maor Melikson reduced the home side’s lead to just a single goal as the teams approached the hour mark.
However goals from new signing Mousa Demebele and Scott Brown gave the hosts a comfortable win on the night.
Rodgers will now be focused on his sides domestic fixture against St Johnstone in three days time.