It's time to start getting excited over the Yaya Toure rumours

By David Walton

January 15, 2019

It’s all been fun and games up until this point, but now it’s time to seriously get excited over the Yaya Toure rumours.

Yesterday was certainly an odd day for the Celtic fans. Rumours of a big reveal were floating around all day, but nothing really came to pass. Despite the fans’ excitement, the club didn’t wheel out Victor Wanyama or Toure – something many were hoping.

Indeed, the big news of the day turned out to be the appointments of Damien Duff and Stephen McManus as reserve and under-18 coaches respectively.

Yaya Toure has refused to deny links between himself and Celtic (Clive Mason/Getty Images)

But there was a real symbol of hope yesterday that a big deal could be on the cards for Toure.

The big Ivorian was part of the panel for Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show. There, he refused to deny links regarding a move to Parkhead. Instead, he seemed to embrace them and hinted that he could speak to the club.

The best acquisition in years

Toure has the potential to be Celtic’s best acquisition in years. Never known for his electric pace, the midfielder still has so much technical ability in his locker, and would provide genuine world-class levels of flair.

It would be Celtic’s most high-profile signing in years too. Toure has history at clubs such as Barcelona and Manchester City. His success in the game is unrivaled by anyone in Scotland.

Toure has done it all in the game (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Sky Sports earlier on yesterday said that the club weren’t interested in doing a deal with the midfielder. His comments here, however, are extremely difficult to ignore. If he’s available and willing to come to Parkhead, the club have to make the deal a goer.

The likes of Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham could learn so much from Toure’s game. His brother Kolo is of course already at the club as a coach, and therefore it’s likely that Toure would fit in well in Glasgow.

Celtic have certainly been busy during this transfer window. Bringing in Toure, however, would be a massive boost for everyone.