Celtic Invincible Kolo Toure always cut a likeable figure.
Whether he was scything Arsene Wenger during his Arsenal trial [Goal] or dancing in the Celtic dressing room, the Ivorian centre-back always has a smile on his face. While he wasn’t a mainstay with the Bhoys, he did play some crucial matches as Celtic went the season unbeaten. In the first of the Quadruple Treble, Toure’s leadership and command could only have helped a young squad.
He went on to join Brendan Rodgers’ coaching team, departing with the manager when Leicester City came calling.
In a wide-ranging interview with FourFourTwo, Toure was asked about his time at Celtic. The Premier League winner said [FourFourTwo]:
“Celtic was a fantastic experience. It’s another club with a history of winning matches and winning trophies. Going there was a big challenge, because you have to win every game, but I enjoyed it.
“I remember drawing 3-3 with City in the Champions League [in 2016]. I was quite leggy and old, but we managed to get a terrific result. The atmosphere was unbelievable. I think the greatest I’ve ever experienced in my career was in Scotland at Celtic Park.”
Kolo, Kolo Kolo, Kolo Kolo, Kolo Kolo Toure: loves Celtic
It may have been at the end of his storied career, but Celtic fans immediately took to the Ivory Coast legend. Having enjoyed a career spent in the Premier League with Arsenal and Manchester City, it looked an odd signing. When he joined, though, it was clear that he’d be more involved in mentoring and coaching than playing every week.
He collected more trophies and was part of his second Invincible season with Celtic, though. No wonder he talks with such enthusiasm.
This interview follows more Toure-Celtic content that fans have enjoyed this season. FIFA shared some fantastic dressing room footage in mid-March, as football’s governing body celebrated Toure’s birthday.
🎶 There’s only one way to celebrate Kolo Toure’s birthday!
👨🎤🕺 We hope the Côte d’Ivoire legend is singing and dancing his way through his 40th birthdaypic.twitter.com/9qiRGT9yhw
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) March 19, 2021
Yes, he left with Rodgers. But there’s surely no ill-will towards this charismatic Invincible. You’d have to have a heart of stone not to love the guy.
He clearly loves us back.