By Harvey Byrne
January Celtic signing Kouassi Eboue has revealed that fellow countryman Kolo Toure told him to make the move to the Hoops.
The 19-year-old midfielder completed a move to the Scottish giants at the beginning of the month for a £3million fee from Russian Premier League side Krasnodar.
Brendan Rodgers brought him to the club as he looks to bolster his midfield options in his second transfer window at the club.
But, Eboue revealed in a pre-match press conference on Thursday that it was not only Rodgers who was influential on the deal, but experienced defender and fellow Ivorian Toure was too.
The teenage defender told the club’s official Twitter account that he had spoken to Toure before making a decision and the former Premier League winner explained Celtic would be a good move for his development.
EK on Kolo Toure's advice to come to Celtic: “He told me come to Celtic, they’ll look after you and make you a better player.”
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 26, 2017
The Eboue deal has drawn a lot of comparison to the one which saw a 19-year-old Victor Wanyama leave Belgian outfit Beerschot in a £900,000 deal for the Scottish giants in 2011.
Wanyama went on to become a star at the club before netting the side around £14million through player sales and sell-ons.
He is now an established star in the Premier League and Hoops supporters will be hoping Eboue can have a similar career as he begins it with Celtic.
In other Celtic news, Dedryck Boyata hailed the Hoops’ teamwork after their midweek victory over St. Johnstone.