COMMENT By Will Butcher
Celtic should look to avoid offering Kolo Toure a new contract as his current deal enters its final six months.
The 35-year-old defender signed a 12-month deal with the Hoops in the summer on a free after his Liverpool contract expired under manager Jurgen Klopp.
However, Toure has struggled in Glasgow since his move north to the 47-time Scottish champions after high-profile mistakes against German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.
The 113-time capped Ivory Coast international has looked off the pace in Brendan Rodgers’ side, keeping just two clean sheets in 13 league and cup appearances.
Failing to keep up with the quick pace of the Scottish Premiership and looking overwhelmed in the Champions League, Toure’s contract renewal should be overlooked by manager Rodgers.
Featuring just three times since September, Toure’s future on Parkhead is already in doubt. The centre-back is allowed to talk to non-English clubs from January 1, and could look to be sold in a cut-price deal by the Hoops.
Defensive duo Jozo Simunovic and Erik Svitachenko have formed a tough partnership at the heart of Rodgers’ defence, which has kept the likes of Toure, Efe Ambrose and Eoghan O’Connell out of the side.
With Toure likely to be on a substantial wage, Celtic should admit their mistake and cut their losses in January by allowing Toure to leave in a bargain deal to interested parties.
Allowing the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool ace leave will benefit both parties. Celtic would save money, while Toure will be able to enjoy the final stages of his career rather than stagnating on the sidelines.