Since taking charge at Celtic, Brendan Rodgers has been sniffing around his former club Liverpool to try and entice some familiar faces to his new side.
According to the Daily Mail, the Northern Irish boss is keen on bolstering his defence with a summer move for Kolo Toure.
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The much-loved Liverpool defender was released from the club earlier this month after three years in a Red shirt. Rodgers is very much a fan of Toure as he was the man to bring the Ivorian to Merseyside back in 2013 from Manchester City.
Adding to the defence is very much a focus for Rodgers having already been hit with two injury woes ahead of their Champions League qualifying tie in two weeks time.
Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata are both doubts for the game, so the Scottish side will be hoping to secure the signature of a new defender in the near future, with Toure very much a contender.
The veteran played a vital part in the Liverpool side last season when covering for first choice centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho. He managed to feature 26 times for the Reds and his performances were very much worthy of a new contract, however, it wasn’t to be. The number four signed off with an exquisite display in his final game with the Merseyside outfit despite being on the receiving end of a 3-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final.
You only have to look at Toure’s track record to see why Celtic need him in the side. The Scottish champions lack real experienced players who have been there and done that on the big stage - maybe that’s the reason they don’t have what it takes to make their mark in Europe.
At Arsenal, the Ivorian won the league title whilst clinching the FA Cup twice, not to mention his participation in the Gunners’ impressive 2006 Champions League run, subsequently ending in a defeat in the final.
He prolonged his success when moving to Manchester City, adding to his Premier League and FA Cup winners’ medal collection in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Toure then fell short of becoming the only player to win England’s top flight at three different clubs when playing for Liverpool after their failings to capitalise on a season-long title race in 2014.
Knowing what it takes to progress in Europe is definitely a factor missing in the Celtic squad and signing the two-time European cup finalist will undoubtedly change that.
Liverpool aside, Rodgers is keen on a reunion with another former player, this time Scott Sinclair, who played under the 43-year-old at Swansea City. The Celtic boss played a massive part in the winger’s development, subsequently earning him a dream move to Manchester City in 2012.
After a dry spell in his career, Sinclair will hope to regain his form of old and a move to Scotland is definitely a step in that direction.
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