By Amir Mir

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed the mentality of Kolo Toure ahead of the Old Firm clash on Sunday afternoon.

Centre-back Toure was at fault for both goals as the Hoops were beaten 2-0 at home by Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Now the two-time Premier League winner has to prepare for a tough fixture against rivals Rangers in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at the weekend.

Before the game his club manager Rodgers has praised the veteran defender for the way he shouldered responsibility for his mistakes in midweek.

“He’s a wonderful player,” Rodgers told his Friday press conference, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account. “The making of the man is that he came out straight after the defeat and held his hand up.

“As a 35 year-old, he could have gone anywhere in the world but he chose to play at a top European club.

“He’s been absolutely brilliant and is a strong guy mentally.”

Toure has played in 12 games in all competitions for Celtic this term, picking up two yellow cards, following his free transfer to the Scottish champions in the summer.

Rodgers worked with Toure during his time at Premier League giants Liverpool and added the experienced defender to his playing squad.

In other Celtic team news, manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed what Rangers fans have said to him ahead of the Sunday showdown.