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Rodgers hints at Kolo Toure retirement

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 By PA Sport

Kolo Toure hired as assistant coach with Ivory Coast

Kolo Toure in action for Celtic against Manchester City in the Champions League.
Kolo Toure retired from playing football this summer and has quickly taken up coaching.

Kolo Toure has been appointed as an assistant coach to the Ivory Coast national team.

The former Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City defender will work under former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) announced on Thursday.

The posting comes soon after the 36-year-old, who hung up his boots in the summer, took up a role on the backroom staff of his last club Celtic.

Ivory Coast, with whom Toure won the African Nations Cup as a player in 2015, face Mali in their next...

Does Kolo Toure retire as Africa's greatest-ever defender?

Kolo Toure announced his retirement from an active playing career on Friday as he takes a coaching role at Celtic. The centre-back has enjoyed a storied career - and has been a figure of fun at times - but ought to be remembered as one of Africa's all-time great players.

Indeed, as the former Ivory Coast international hangs up his boots, it's intriguing to examine where he stands among the continent's great centre-backs.

In truth, African defenders have never truly got the recognition their more...

 By PA Sport

Kolo Toure retires from football, takes up Celtic coaching role

Kolo Toure in action for Celtic against Manchester City in the Champions League.
Kolo Toure has extended his time with Celtic.

Former Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has announced his retirement from football and taken up a coaching role at Celtic.

Toure, 36, has been handed the title of technical assistant, with the club stating he would be "supporting on all first-team coaching matters, as well as using his knowledge, experience and expertise to assist across the club's various youth levels."

He made 17 appearances for Celtic after being reunited with former Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers last...

Liverpool title failure is my only regret, says Kolo Toure

Kolo Toure has revealed that Liverpool's failure to win the Premier League title in 2014 is the only regret of his long and decorated career.

Toure, whose future remains uncertain after reaching the end of his one-year contract at Celtic, was part of the Arsenal team that were defeated in the 2006 Champions League final, and also featured in three World Cup squads as Ivory Coast failed to reach the knockout stages.

However, speaking to the Press Association [as per Eurosport], it's the Reds' slip...

Brendan Rodgers hints at Kolo Toure retirement

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has conceded that he doesn't know what the future holds for out-of-contract defender Kolo Toure and has hinted at the possibility that the Ivorian defender may hang up his boots.

Rodgers recruited Toure from Liverpool on a free transfer last summer, with the Northern Irish coach having worked with the West African centre-back during their shared time together at Anfield.

When asked about the former Arsenal man's future, Rodgers appeared to confirm that Toure wouldn't...

 By Chris Wright

Celtic defender Kolo Toure admits he's a big Whitney Houston fan

Speaking during a newsconference over the weekend, Celtic stalwart Kolo Toure unwittingly gave the watching world a telling glance into the nature of his record collection.

Indeed, Toure was simply asked by a journalist which chant, sung by fans of any of the clubs he's represented in the past, was his favourite.

However, misunderstanding the question, the 36-year-old defender instead divulged his favourite pop song, thus revealing a rather embarrassing penchant for the power ballad.