Kolo Toure makes claim about Celtic size, delivers verdict on fans
Kolo Toure has claimed that Celtic are one of the biggest clubs in Europe and that was a huge attraction for him to move to Glasgow to reunite with ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
The Ivory Coast international, who is now on the coaching staff at the Hoops, revealed that he knew that as he got older his value as a player decreased, and that he was fortunate to move to such a big club at the end of the career as he thought his days of playing for a big club were over when he left Liverpool.
The 36-year-old had previously spent time at Arsenal and Manchester City and was delighted to end his playing days on a high note.
“At the time I was looking for a club and when I had the opportunity to come here I thought ‘wow’,” he explained to Simon Ferry’s Open Goal YouTube series.
“When you get old your value goes down and to come here was really amazing for me.
“I was playing for one of the best clubs in Europe. Celtic is massive everywhere in the world and I really enjoy how the fans are. Unbelievable fans.”
Toure was one of Rodgers’ first signings at Hoops boss, and he played a vital role in the early months of the seasons, helping his team qualify for the Champions League group stages and also playing in the memorable 5-1 victory over Rangers.
Toure eventually lost his place in the first-team to Dedryck Boyata, but remained a valuable part of the squad until his retirement from football at the end of last season, and Brendan Rodgers has valued his contribution so much that he is now Technical Assistant to the first-team.
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