By Alex Stevens

Celtic are weighing up an expected move for former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure, according to a report.

The Scottish Daily Mail claim manager Brendan Rodgers is considering the veteran centre-back as a solution to a potential centre-half crisis for the Hoops’ Champions League ambitions.

Toure was released by Liverpool earlier this month to bring to an end his three-year spell at Anfield, which culminated in his appearance in the Europa League final defeat to Sevilla.

Rodgers has admitted that central defence is an area needing to be addressed.

Injured pair Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata are likely to be unavailable for the Champions League qualifying rounds.

Toure, who won the Premier League title at Arsenal in 2004 and at Manchester City eight years later, is available on a free transfer.

Despite his pedigree, Rodgers’ interest in the Ivory Coast centre-back is a surprise given that he turns 36 next season and his wage demands are likely to be substantial after playing for three Premier League big hitters.

Toure made 26 appearances for Liverpool in the 2015-16 season as they lost the finals of the League Cup and Europe League.

The veteran deputised for the suspended Mamadou Sakho and performed admirably as Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Sevilla in the Europa League final in Basel.

In other Celtic news, the Scottish giants have been told to increase their offer for a key Premier League target.