Kolo Toure to combine Celtic role with new Ivory Coast gig

The former Liverpool defender made over a century of appearances for his country as a player.

KOLO TOURE HAS returned to the international fold after being confirmed as Ivory Coast’s new assistant manager.

The 36-year-old, who played for the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool over his career, retired from playing in the summer and is now part of the backroom staff at his last club Celtic as a technical assistant to manager Brendan Rodgers.

Toure claimed over a century of caps for Ivory Coast and announced his retirement from international duty back in February 2015.

The Ivorian Football Federation have now confirmed he is back in the international set-up, however, with Toure to begin his job of assisting Marc Wilmots with immediate effect. He’ll continue in his role with Celtic simultaneously.

A statement read: “He will take on the role of coach Marc Wilmots’ assistant from the Mali-Cote d’Ivoire match of 6 October, 2017.”

Toure’s brother, Manchester City midfielder Yaya, also expressed his delight at the news, posting the following on social media: “Very happy to see my big bro Kolo is Cote d’Ivoire assistant coach. Excellent.”

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