Celtic set to offer experienced defender extended stay - report
By Emma Sanders
Celtic are set to offer Kolo Toure a player-coach position at the end of the season, according to a report.
The experienced defender could take on a wider role behind-the-scenes following the end of his contract which is due to run out in the summer following his move in 2016.
The Independent spoke to Brendan Rodgers who hinted at a role with a much wider remit for the experienced defender.
Toure was a valuable squad member under Rodgers at Liverpool and the manager was keen to bring him to Scotland due to his experience and winning mentality.
However, the Celtic boss recently admitted he will have talks with Toure about potentially staying on with the club beyond the summer.
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“I brought him here for a number of reasons and one of them, of course, was playing. There are also other reasons, like influence in the changing room,” said Rodgers, as reported by The Independent.
“That doesn’t have to end this season. I want to work with him and it’s something he and I will talk about between now and the end of the season.”
“Even though he hasn’t played so much, his influence in the changing room is huge because of what he passes on.
“His role hasn’t diminished even if he’s not playing as much. He’s still very important to us.”
The Ivorian has featured very little under Rodgers at Celtic, though he was never expected to become a regular first-team player.
The 35-year-old has made just 13 appearances for the Hoops this season and only six of those have come in the Scottish Premiership.
Toure is hugely experienced having spent time at some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs and he was a key part of the Arsenal squad which went an entire season unbeaten in 2004.
He captained Manchester City before sealing a move to Liverpool where he became a regular feature in European and cup competitions under Rodgers.
He is currently training to gain his coaching badges.
In other Celtic news, Carlton Cole has revealed why the club sacked Ronny Deila.