By Emma Sanders
Brendan Rodgers claims Celtic are looking at other players in Africa after reportedly agreeing a deal to sign Kouassi Eboue.
The Ivory Coast teenager could join as part of a £2.8 million deal if his work permit request is accepted and Rodgers claims there are plenty of other talented footballers from Africa.
Rodgers believes Celtic defender Kolo Toure is an example of the “big talent” that has emerged from Africa and he hopes Celtic can dive into the market to find another gem.
The Celtic boss also admitted the club have already identified a few targets to bring in during the January window but he did not reveal whether they are from Africa or elsewhere.
“There are certain markets you can bring players in from to help Celtic and Scottish football and Africa has always been that,” said Rodgers in the Express.
“It’s always been a market where you find players who are hungry. Kolo Toure is the perfect example,” added Rodgers. “In western Africa they have big talent.”
When asked about any further January business, he added, “We have a few targets. But if we don’t get anyone in January then there is no drama.”
There have been many successful players from Africa in the Premier League, including the Toure brothers and Didier Drogba, who have all gone on to become English champions.
One of Celtic’s most recent African stars was Victor Wanyama, who received a nomination for the prestigious Africa Player of the Year award during his time at Southampton before joining Tottenham.
Nigerian Efe Ambrose still currently plays for the club and has made 113 appearances in the Scottish Premiership but he has not featured for Celtic since July.
Another recent success was Guinea international Bobo Balde who made 161 league appearances between 2001 and 2009.
In other Celtic news, Scott Brown believes Moussa Dembele should avoid a move to West Ham.