Former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure says he has officially retired after taking up the role of technical assistant at Celtic under Brendan Rodgers.
Toure, 36, was appointed to the backroom staff at Celtic earlier this month and it’s the third time in his career that he’s worked with Rodgers, having previously been a player at both Liverpool and Celtic under Rodgers.
The Ivory Coast man has clocked up almost 500 club and international appearances, but he now admits, after 17 Celtic appearances last term, that his playing career is over.
“This is a new chapter in my career, a new beginning. The football is over now,” Toure told the club website. “I can officially say I am retired from playing and this is a new chapter which is coaching.
“I have always been in this environment and, for me, it was really important that I stay with it. I like to give advice, I like to help young players to improve themselves and get better. I don’t think there is a better place for me to be.
“For me there is no big change in terms of what I will be doing. I have always been the kind of player who tries to help those around me. Now I will try to give advice, help the young players and just guide them and pass on all the experience I have acquired during my career.”
“I am at an amazing club which has a great manager like Brendan Rodgers so I know I could not be in a better place and I am very thankful for that,” added Toure. “The manager and his staff are really great guys so I’m very happy to be here with them and I want to do everything I can to help them and learn as much as I can as a coach.
“I know I can learn so much from working with Brendan Rodgers as he is a top manager. I will be working with him and his staff very closely each day so there will be a lot for me to learn.
“Brendan is one of the best young managers in the world right now. What he’s doing for Celtic is there for all to see, and he’s doing amazing right now.”