Jul 25, 2016

    Toure won't play in Celtic v Astana game


    IVORY Coast defender Kolo Toure is poised to be reunited with his former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers at Celtic, although the 35-year-old would not feature in the forthcoming marathon trip to Kazakhstan for a Champions League tie.

    Toure, who has also played with Arsenal and Manchester City, was at Parkhead on Saturday to watch the Scottish side beaten by Leicester City on penalties in the International Champions Cup.

    "I brought him into Liverpool to add that bit of experience and help to the centre-halves there at the time and I think you've seen from his impact there and in particular last season, he was a very important player for Juergen (Klopp) and played in the Europa League final," Rodgers said.

    But Toure would not play for Celtic when they make the long trip to face Astana on Wednesday in the Champions League third qualifying round.

    "I would think that Wednesday would be too soon," said Rodgers.

    "I would be more looking towards the weekend and some game time against Barcelona to assess where he is at, before the following week.

    "All being well, he will get a good week's training."