Are Celtic making a big mistake in not taking Yaya Toure?

By David Walton

January 16, 2019

Celtic are reportedly not interested in sealing a deal for the world-class Yaya Toure. But are they making a big mistake?

The Ivorian is available on a free contract. After being on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football program this week, he refused to rule out a move to the Scottish Champions.

But the Daily Record have today revealed that Celtic aren’t considering a move for him regardless. Despite his achievements in the game, Celtic apparently don’t see much use in the deal.

Yaya Toure won seven trophies at Manchester City (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

You have to wonder why the club are so uninterested in getting this deal over the line. Toure has already said that he wants one more year at a big club and he’ll then take it from there. Therefore, it’s a no-lose situation for Celtic to take him on.

If the former Manchester City great came in and done a job, then amazing. If he struggled, then Celtic would only have him tied up for one year. No commitments are guaranteed here, and the club have a chance to sign a potentially game-changing player.

Signing Toure brings the fear-factor back

The move would also strike fear into Celtic’s rivals around the country. Toure’s technical ability is up there with the best that Britain has ever seen.

Granted, the midfielder hasn’t played much after an ill-fated spell at Olympiakos for a year. But it wasn’t long ago he was tearing up the Premier League with his ability.

Toure is a three-time Premier League and League Cup winner at City. He’s also won the FA Cup and Champions League throughout his career too. Therefore, he’s done it all in the game and knows what makes a successful changing-room.

Toure has been coached by some of the greatest coaches in the game (Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)

It could be the case the Rodgers feels bringing him in would hamper the development of players such as Olivier Ntcham and

Ryan Christie. Both, however, could take a great deal from learning off someone like Toure.

Unfortunately, this looks like a deal the club aren’t going to press ahead with. Celtic could do with the star-power, but apparently not according to the club.

Here’s hoping this isn’t one the Hoops look back on with deep regret.