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Experienced Star Close to Extending His Stay With Celtic: A Win-Win Deal For Both The Parties?

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

One of the most intriguing aspects about Celtic’s domestic treble win last season under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers was the manner in which he knitted a fine balance between the experienced veteran as well as the young guns in their arsenal. Rodgers’ side looks daunting, commendable and brutally ruthless in the way they went on to carry out their trade.

Rodgers does lay a lot of emphasis on his proven gladiators and knows the values such as truckloads of experience, implied trait of leading the troops, the positivity and their ability to show the blossoming starlets the path to jet forward. This was one of the prime reasons why the former Liverpool boss embarked upon a reunion with Kolo Toure at Celtic, with whom he worked while he was at the helm at the Anfield.

After the Reds released him in the summer of 2016, Toure was introduced to the Celtic Park by Rodgers. It goes without saying that the former Ivory Coast international was well beyond his prime and was always going to be more of an experience-enhancing signing for him rather than injecting more quality. Nonetheless, the risk did pay off as he instilled a sense of vitality and an appealing attitude, proved that he was far from being a deadwood and did show that he still has a year or two left in him.

On the pitch, the 36-year-old proved to be a valuable asset and went on to wear the Celtic shirt on 17 occasions during the last campaign and managed to ink himself as a very popular figure in the Celts’ squad. The Bhoys derived utility out of him and are interested in continuing to do so. If the latest reports are to believed, Rodgers is attempting to offer him a player/coach role to Toure which means that he is earmarking him for a role in the coaching department in the near future and to also use him as a backup option for the central defensive slot next term.

The Hoops are negotiating with Toure to extend his contract, which expired at the end of the previous season to stay at the Glasgow based club. Whilst his stay, he would not only be able to ply his trade but will also learn a thing or two from Rodgers which will surely help him in the long run. The former Arsenal and Manchester City man is still passionate about the game and if the deal materialises, it would benefit both the parties involved.

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