Kolo Toure is officially a Celtic player, having put pen-to-paper earlier today on a one-year contract at Parkhead.
The move comes after Toure was released from Liverpool at the end of last season, and he’ll link up with one of his former Liverpool managers, Brendan Rodgers, in Glasgow.
At the grand old age of 35, some fans could be forgiven for wondering whether or not the Ivorian represents a long-term answer to the club’s defensive problems.
But here, we run down five reasons why we reckon Toure will be an excellent signing for the Hoops…
Toure is one of the most experience footballers in the British game today. Indeed, he’s the only player in the Premier League era who can boast playing for Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal in the English top-flight.
Added to that, Toure has played in a Champions League final, a Europa League final and played regularly for Arsenal during their ‘invincible’ league campaign during the 2003/04 season.
He’ll deal with Celtic’s crucial Champions League qualifiers and Old Firm matches no problem.
He’s a winner
Second is as good as last in Glasgow, but that’ll be no problem for Toure. The centre-back enters the Celtic drsssing room as the most decorated player at the club, having won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, and three Community Shields.
On top of all that Toure played a vital role in the Ivory Coast’s 2015 African Cup of Nations victory, which ended the country’s so-called ‘golden generation’s’ long wait for international honours.
He’s still got it
He may have turned 35 earlier this year, but Toure shows absolutely no signs that age is catching up on him.
Toure made 26 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team last season, and ended the campaign as one of the club’s first-choice central defenders.
In fact, Toure’s form peaked in the Europa League final against Sevilla, where he was awarded the man of the match despite Liverpool losing 3-1.
The song…of course
We’re not actually sure if this is a good thing or not, but we’re all going to have to get used to THE song being belted out across Glasgow for the next season or so.
There will never be a dull moment in training
Toure is known to be quite an eccentric character, and it’s exemplified best by this crazy tale from his former Arsenal team-mate Ray Parlour.
Can you imagine a trialist taking out Brendan Rodgers on their first day?!
So, what do you make of Toure signing for Celtic? Will he be a hit in Glasgow? And what do you make of our reasons?