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KEOWN HAILS OLD ARSENAL PAL TOURE

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MARTIN KEOWN has thanked former Arsenal team-mate Kolo Toure for getting shirty with his son Niall.

The former England international met up with the Ivorian central defender in Glasgow last week.

Keown was at Parkhead to watch his son Niall, who is on loan at Partick Thistle from Reading, play in the 1-1 draw.

And the Emirates legend, who spent 11 years at the London club, was delighted with a splendid gesture by his colleague of two years following the shock stalemate.

Keown, 50, said: “I got a chance to speak Kolo afterwards.

“He’s still a great lad and I told him to keep on playing.

“In typical fashion for Kolo, he swapped shirts with my son which was a proud moment for me to witness.”

Toure, 36, was on the subs’ bench throughout the game, but Niall, 22, who is at Firhill until the end of the season, played the entire 90 minutes.

Keown Snr added: “Celtic have been outstanding and I think they are going to go through the season unbeaten.

“They’ve now had 29 wins out of 33 league games and fair play to Partick Thistle for getting a draw there.

“Celtic are just so much better than everybody else with players such as Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair and the others.”

Keown is becoming a regular at Jags’ matches, when media commitments allow him to make the trip across the border.

He took in his son’s debut at the start of February, but it wasn’t the best of starts with St Johnstone winning 1-0 at Firhill.

However, Keown has since had better fortune as he has helped the Maryhill outfit securing a top-six place at the weekend with a 1-0 victory over Motherwell.

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