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18th Apr, 2017 | 7:48pm

Celtic defender Kolo Toure: This 24-year-old will be the next Drogba (not Dembele)

By Amir Mir

Celtic defender Kolo Toure believes Crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha will be the next Didier Drogba.

The 24-year-old Premier League player recently pledged his international allegiances to the Ivory Coast – the same country Drogba played for during his professional career.

Former Chelsea striker Drogba was known for his ability to play up top on his own and cause havoc on opposition defences with his pure strength.

He lifted four Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge added with the Champions League.

Zaha, who was also tracked down by England, made his international debut in January against Sweden, providing an assist during the 2-1 win.

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Bhoys centre-back Toure was delighted that Zaha was representing that Ivory Coast as he delivered huge praise for the player.

“He [Zaha] is fantastic, a great player and I think he made a great decision,” said Toure, as quoted by the CroydonAdvtiser.

“Nowadays to play for England is tough. There is so much great talent and the competition is really really tight. For Wilfried Zaha to play for Ivory Coast – he will be the next Didier Drogba.

“What he is doing now is great and he is playing amazing with other good players around him.”

After a number of inconsistent seasons, Zaha has produced a brilliant individual display for Palace during this campaign despite their struggles in the Premier League.

Over the course of the season, he has played 29 league matches, scoring six goals and supplying a further 11 assists.

Furthermore, he recently opened his account for his home country when he scored a brilliant solo goal against Russia in March.

Since the arrival of Sam Allardyce at Selhurst Park, the former England man has changed the fortunes around at the London-based club.

Zaha has been a pivotal figure behind that as he will be looking to secure his side’s safety during these final few months of the season.

In other Celtic news, Rangers ace Lee Wallace issues this reminder to Bhoys fans ahead of the Old Firm game.

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