Vakoun Issouf Bayo confirms Kolo Toure convinced him to join Celtic

Celtic’s new winter signing Vakoun Issouf Bayo has revealed that a discussion with technical assistant Kolo Toure was essential towards his move to the Glasgow giants. The Ivory Coast has been highly-rated after his successful stint in Slovakia and he now has the chance to make himself a regular with the Hoops.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Bayo revealed his delight after making the switch to the reigning Scottish champions. He added that Kolo was primarily responsible for the transfer after the former Arsenal man expressed the Hoops’ interest in him, he said: “I’m feeling good, and I’m happy to be here at Celtic.

Ivory Coast FA: Kolo Toure Will Work For the Rangers

According to the Ivory Coast, Kolo Toure works for the Rangers. The staff of Brendan Rodgers, the ex-Celtic defender had been working in a similar position last year. Toure is 37 years old and has secured the License of UEFA A. As a matter of fact, he is capable of managing clubs at Championship level while coaching the reserve along with the youth team at all primary fight clubs.

However, announcing the achievement of Toure, the Ivorian FA had blundered simply by claiming that he had worked for the Old Firm rival of Hoop. As per the statement, the former Ivorian international Kolo Toure had continued to progress quietly his career into management. He has secured the UEFA A license.

Celtic living up to ever-increasing expectations – Kieran Tierney

Speaking after the game, Tierney acknowledged that the Hoops did not play to the best of their abilities on the day but he was nevertheless pleased with the commitment shown from each and every player on the field, he said: “It wasn't our best performance in a cup final but the heart every one of us showed was special. It's a great part of the season to win a trophy.

He added that the focus is now on securing the top position in the league before the winter break after meeting the early expectations with another silverware, he further told: “You're going into the winter break hopefully top of the league and you've got a trophy, so that's the aim. The expectations go up every year for us and so far we seem to be living with it. It's been brilliant and I hope it can continue.”

Pep Guardiola pleased with Champions League win at Hoffenheim

However, goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva – with the latter coming in the 87th minute ensured that the Citizens picked up their first victory of the current Champions League campaign. Speaking after the game, Guardiola said: “After one minute we conceded and it’s not easy, but after that we fought, as always, as a team.

“The previous two seasons were not simple, but we qualified with games left and this time it’s not going to happen. Maybe for the future it’s going to be good to live these kind of situation. You cannot go through to quarters, semis, without living these situations. That’s why today is one of the happiest days I’ve had in this club because it’s going to help us.”

Dembele Unlikely to Play against Rangers, Claims Rodgers

Celtic midfielder Moussa Dembele has had his head turned by a bid from Lyon and he is unlikely to feature in the upcoming old firm derby with Rangers, according to manager Brendan Rodgers. The manager went on to reveal that Dembele has not been part of the full training session on Friday after learning about the offer from Lyon. Dembele has made no secret that he would like to join the French club, who are a big name compared with Celtic. Lyon will be able to offer him European football on a regular basis unlike Celtic, whose likelihood of reaching the Europa League is not certain.

Dembele has been a major hit at Celtic after coming to the club in the summer of 2016 from Fulham. His first season at the club saw him come up with 32 goals and nine assists in 49 matches. Last season, however, was a disappointment with Dembele out being injured for more often than not. Yet, he still returned with figures of 16 goals and nine assists in 39 appearances. Lyon entered into the race to sign Dembele at the last moment after losing their centre forward to Real Madrid. The possibility of regular first-team football in the French league could be hard to turn down for the player, who was last seen in the French league back in 2012 when he represented the under 17 team of PSG.

Kolo Toure And His Career As Coach And Player

Kolo Toure is known for the defender role that he played for Manchester City as well as being a former defender player for teams like Arsenal and Liverpool. He announced his retirement in the month of September 2017 when he also announced that he was taking up the role of coach for the Celtic team.

Toure, at the age of 36, was handed the position of technical assistant and the club stated that he would be actively engaged in all coaching matters for the first level team. He would use his experience, knowledge, and expertise to assist the youth levels at the club. His appointment with the Celtic team was apparent after he had played 17 times for the team. Hence, his role as a technical assistant would ensure that he works with Brendan Rodgers, his former boss from Anfield. Some had hoped that he would have extended his career in the field. However, in the summer of 2017, he took up coaching with the Ivory Coast national team and since then he has worked with the backroom staff as well as with Rodgers in recent times.

Kolo Toure Discusses Brendan Rodgers’ Return To The Premier League

Former Arsenal and Liverpool defender Kolo Toure believes Brendan Rodgers is content with his managerial role at Celtic and has no plans of leaving the Glasgow giants anytime soon. The Northern Irishman has been associated with a Premier League return of late with Arsenal considering the future of long-standing head coach Arsene Wenger.

Kolo Toure Pays Visit To The Blackburn Rovers Community Trust

Former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has a special session with the students at the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust this weekend. The Ivorian, who is currently part of Celtic’s coaching staff linked up with five other coaches including FA Cup winner Emmerson Boyce to oversee a training session of students as part of their UEFA A License qualification.

Yaya Toure recalls brother's impact in his career

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has admitted that his brother Kolo had a key role to play in shaping his early footballing career. The 36-year-old hang up his boots earlier in the summer after winning a historic treble in Scotland with Brendan Rodgers' Celtic.

In a report covered by Goal.com, Yaya recalled the impact of his elder brother Kolo on his career during their younger days in the Ivory Coast, he said: "He was waking me up to try and go outside to do some jogging. At 5am it was dark in Africa and I said: ‘What are you waking me up for?

Toure delighted with new Celtic coaching job

Kolo Toure revealed his delight at returning to Celtic as a technical assistant to the coaching staff and says he “couldn’t be happier.”

The Ivorian international retired from the game as a player at Parkhead last season after a fabulous career on the field playing for the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

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