By the time Kolo Toure arrived at Celtic, he was in the twilight of his career. He would spend just one season at Parkhead but that proved to be the Invincible one, in which the Hoops won the treble while not losing a single domestic game. Interestingly, that was not the first time the Ivory Coast legend was part of a team that went undefeated the entire campaign.
Toure was also a part of Arsenal’s legendary Invincibles team. Other than that, he also played for and won a Premier League title with Manchester City. He also had a three-year spell at Liverpool but it was not as memorable except for the failed title challenge.
Toure would reunite with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic Park. After a season in Glasgow, he retired and soon became a part of the coaching staff.
When Rodgers left for Leicester City, Toure joined him out the Parkhead door. He gave management a try himself and was handed the Wigan Athletic job, but it proved to be a major failure on his part. Could we see him back in a coaching capacity at Celtic someday with the Northern Irishman now back in the hot seat?
Toure makes superb claim about Celtic and Rodgers
"“Brendan always did like Celtic. The way we left to come to Leicester, he always had that on him. I think when he had the chance to go back there, and see the guys there. They did like him a lot too, that’s why he really went there. He loved that club, he was also speaking so highly about Celtic.“Fantastic (on his time at Celtic). Glasgow was a great place, and we were playing really good football. We went invincible there as well, a full season without losing a game. Which was special. I remember that at the start of the season a journalist asked me ‘do you think you can do the Invincible in Celtic too’ and I said ‘yeah, there is a possibility’ and he was laughing. And then it happened and I was surprised again, I was like ‘Wow, we did it’.“We had a really good time and Brendan is a very good manager, great coach with good detail. His organisation is very good.”"
Rodgers guided Celtic to an Invincible treble in his first season as manager of the club in his first stint at Parkhead. The second spell has not started as smoothly, with the Hoops already out of the League Cup and winless in the Champions League after the first four games.
They are still top of the Premiership table. Also, the circumstances are very different this time around. This is a younger squad and will need some more time in order to find their best form as individuals and as a team.