By Harvey Byrne
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is confident that Kolo Toure will play a part in Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier against Astana.
The new recruit was left out of the Celtic squad that travelled to Kazakhstan for the first leg, but is in line to make his first appearance for the Hoops in their second-leg tie.
The experienced centre-back is yet to have been given a run out following his move from Liverpool after he was also left out of the weekend’s tie against Barcelona and he could be thrown straight into competitive action for the Hoops.
“Kolo will be in the squad. He has trained well since coming in. I’m confident he can play a part tomorrow,” said Rodgers as quoted by the club’s Twitter page.
BR on Kolo Toure: "Kolo will be in the squad. He has trained well since coming in. I'm confident he can play a part tomorrow." (LA)
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 2, 2016
The Hoops bring Astana to Celtic Park with the advantage of an away goal following the 1-1 draw in Kazakhstan.
Celtic are looking to improve on last season’s Champions League exploits which saw them knocked out at the Play-Off stage against Swedish side Malmo.
Rodgers and Toure also have experience of the competition together at Liverpool and the former Reds boss trusted the powerful defender to start against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 35-year-old defender also started for Arsenal in the 2006 Champions League final against Barcelona, although he was unable to stop the Gunners from suffering a defeat on the night.
In other Celtic team news, Hoops captain Scott Brown has revealed that Aberdeen will be his team’s biggest threat in the league this season.