'A great honour' - Toure delivers verdict on Rodgers impact at Celtic
By Abigail Withey
Former Celtic centre-back Kolo Toure has said that Brendan Rodgers’ coaching has helped him with his next career venture.
The 36-year-old has recently been appointed as the assistant manager for Ivory Coast’s Olympic team and has commented on how working with the Celtic boss helped him.
Toure left the Parkhead as a free agent following a year long spell with the Hoops where he made a total of 20 appearances across all competitions.
The centre-back previously worked with Rodgers during his time at Liverpool, but has said that his time with the boss at Celtic developed his coaching skills ready for his new role.
Toure said: “I had the chance to learn from Brendan Rogers during the past season.”
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“I was still a Celtic player,” he explained in the Daily Record. “But during the second half of the season I was basically an apprentice coach at the club.”
Toure told the newspaper that he was involved behind the scenes as well as on the pitch with the treble winners.
“This allowed me to take part in the preparation of matches, pre-match and post-match meetings, as well as half time talks.
“So I had a great experience of coaching with Brendan Rodgers for six months, which has helped a great deal,” the defender said. “This is a new challenge for me and it is a great honour.”
The defender’s comments about the Celtic boss is incredible praise as the new Ivory Coast assistant coach has worked with the likes of Arsene Wenger, Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini.
Toure has an impressive number of trophies to his name, after not only winning the domestic treble with Celtic he has secured four FA Cup wins and two Premier League titles in addition to the Africa Cup back in 2015.