Celtic news: club welcome back Toure as coaching staff

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15th Sep, 2017 | 5:15pm

Celtic confirm new arrival

By Abigail Withey 

Celtic have confirmed that former defender Kolo Toure has returned to the club as a member of the Hoops’ coaching team.

The 36-year-old initially moved to Celtic Park last summer as a free agent and spent a year at the club before he retired from football.

Throughout his time with the Bhoys, the ex-Premier League centre-back made a total of 20 appearances across all competitions and was part of the club’s domestic treble success.

Celtic announced that Toure had been appointed as the club’s technical assistant on their official Twitter account on Friday.

The veteran defender has played for the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool throughout his career and also made over 300 appearances for Arsenal.

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Toure has confirmed that his coaching career means that he will be stepping off the pitch permanently and focus on growing as a coach.

The ex-Premier League star hopes to share his copious amount of experience and knowledge with younger members of the Celtic squad.

“This is a new chapter in my career, a new beginning. The football is over now. I can officially say I am retired from playing and now I am fully concentrating on coaching,” Toure told the club’s official website.

“For me there is no big change in terms of what I will be doing. I have always been the kind of player who tries to help those around me.

“Now I will try to give advice, help the young players and just guide them and pass on all the experience I have acquired during my career.”

The retired centre-back will now work closely with boss Brendan Rodgers and the rest of the backroom team at the Paradise.

Celtic next face Ross County at home in their sixth Premiership match of the season.

In other Celtic news, Hearts boss Craig Levein has made a worrying claim about the Hoops after their PSG clash.

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