Toure delivers critical assessment following Celtic defeat
By Dominic Toner
Kolo Toure was highly critical of his performance as Celtic slipped to a Champions League loss on Wednesday night.
The Scottish champions were beaten 2-0 at home by Borussia Monchengladbach and the experienced Toure was at fault for the two second-half goals conceded.
The 35-year-old was needlessly robbed of possession and that allowed Lars Stindl to put the visitors a goal ahead.
His torrid night continued, as a sloppy pass resulted in Andre Hahn sealing the three points for the German side, leaving Celtic bottom of their European group with one point from three games.
Toure admitted after the match that he had made some huge errors and was very disappointed with his individual display.
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“In that kind of competition you can’t afford that kind of mistake. I have to blame myself,” Toure said, as quoted by the Mirror. “I have to blame myself because it was a simple action to put the ball to the side. I like to play and give my team the ball but maybe not there.
“It was the same with the second goal. I’m 35-years-old and still making 16-year-old’s mistakes.”
Toure had looked assured in defence during the first-half and has made a decent impression since his summer arrival.
The centre-back moved to Celtic Park in the last transfer window and agreed a one-year deal.
The Ivory Coast international has a wealth of Champions League experience, playing for Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City in the Champions League.
He will be hopeful of redeeming himself in the club’s next match against Rangers in the Scottish League Cup semi-final, if Rodgers decides to start him in the Old Firm derby.
Toure has now made 12 appearances for the Scottish champions and is competing with Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko for a regular starting position.
In other Celtic team news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter t James Forrest’s performance against Gladbach.