By Harry Sykes
Kolo Toure has delivered a ringing endorsement of Celtic teenager Jack Aitchison by describing him as one of the best he has ever seen.
Veteran defender Toure made the incredible statement about the rookie striker, 17, after watching him at close quarters at the Scottish giants.
Aitchison has only made two senior Celtic appearances but the Scotland Under-17 captain demonstrated his potential by becoming the club’s youngest-ever competitive scorer when netting on the final day of last season.
The teenager has spent this season with the Bhoys youth team and has had no involvement with the senior squad since Brendan Rodgers was appointed manager.
But Toure, 36, who joined on a free transfer last summer after leaving Liverpool, is in not doubt about Aitchison’s immense potential and has let him know.
Speaking about his contact with the 118-times Ivory Coast international, who also had lengthy spells at Manchester City and Arsenal, Aitchison said to the Scotsman: “It’s good to be involved with big names who have done a lot in their football careers. I can make the most of their experience to improve my own game.
“From a defensive point of view, he’s told me where to stand and move. He’s played in some of the biggest games in football with and against some of the biggest names, like Thierry Henry.
“He told me I was one of the best he’d seen so that gives me the belief I can go quite far. He’s great with the younger players. He comes to watch the training and games.
“Kolo’s had a good career and it says a lot about him that he’s willing to give up his time like that. He’s still the ultimate professional.
“He’s a very nice guy and I think his son’s in the youth system so he understands it from that perspective as well. He’s bought into the fact we’re all a big family really.”
Toure began the season in the Celtic side after signing a one-year contract but has slipped down the pecking order and has not played since the 3 December 4-3 league win against Motherwell.
In other Celtic news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.