Date: 12th January 2017 at 6:24am
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Brendan Rodgers would love to add Kolo Toure to his backroom staff.

The former Liverpool defender followed his old Anfield boss north of the border in July when he signed a season long contract.

Toure has slipped out of contention as a player with the development of the Jozo Simunovic/ Erik Sviatchenko partnership.

Whatever happens over the remainder of this season the 35-year-old stepped up to the plate in the most crucial game of the season.

Defending a 5-2 lead from the home leg Celtic found themselves 2-0 down to Hapoel Beer Sheva two minutes into the second half.

Previous Celtic sides would have crumbled but Toure managed to hold the defence together as Celtic survived and reached the group phase of the Champions League thanks to that 5-4 aggregate.

Rodgers recognises the special qualities of the 35-year-old and would be pleased to see them switched into his backroom staff at the end of this season.

Yeah, absolutely, it’s something we’ll talk about at some stage between now and the end of the season,” he told The Sun after being asked about a coaching role for Toure. “There’s no doubt about that.

I brought him for a number of reasons and one of them, of course, was playing.

I thought to bring him in to help us get through to the Champions League. That mentality, and the experience of what it takes to get there, was going to be important. There’s other reasons why I brought him here like that influence in the changing room. And that doesn’t have to end after this season.

He certainly loves it here. His family have all moved up and they’ve all settled in well. You don’t make that commitment if you don’t think it’s going to be for longer than what his

contract was.

He knows he’s at a big club in Celtic. It’s only when you come into it you realise just how big it is.”

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