FORMER Celtic star Alan Thompson insists 35-year-old defender Kolo Toure will be a superb signing for his old club.

But Neil Lennon’s ex-assistant also reckons Brendan Rodgers needs at least two more additions if they are to make an impact on Europe.

Thompson, a veteran of epic ties at the highest level during his six-and-a-half years at Parkhead after being signed by Martin O’Neill in 2000, was impressed by the team in their 1-1 draw against Astana in Kazakhstan in midweek.

The one-time midfield powerhouse, now 42, said: “I thought it was an excellent result over there.

“It showed a fair bit of character to dig in and get something, so I think that bodes well going into a European campaign.

“You need to have a bit about you. You need to be a bit streetwise too when you’re playing in Europe.

“Sometimes you lose a goal and you feel the game slip away, but I thought they did well to get that draw.

“It is so difficult on the road to get a positive result and I feared the worst for them when they went a goal down.

“Kolo Toure will be good for them. He’s experienced, he’s calm, he’s got a presence, but I think they would fancy that they could need one or two more.”

And Thompson would love the Celtic support to enjoy another memorable Champions League campaign after missing out over the past two seasons under Ronny Deila.

The former England international who is now first team coach at Blackpool added: “Those nights are incredible and so special.

“It’s such a stage to be on. They really live with you and you appreciate them more in lots of ways once you stop playing.

“The stadium is so alive and you can feel just how much it means to the club and the supporters to be in there and in that company.”

Once Upon a Time in the Kingdom of Govania is written by CQN’er MEA CULPA and is beautifully illustrated by the wonderfully talented CARTUJA.

Set in Medieval times it is a story of greed, corruption, cheating and skullduggery.

Some of the main characters may well ring a bell or two. There’s David the Lamb Giver and his financial assistant Baxendale de Porno.

Queen Beth sends Sir Hector of Taxem to Govania not long after David the Lamb Giver’s trusted ally Banquo Scotus in the terrible batte of Krunching Kredit. 

On the story goes as Sir Googly of Ayes is Hailed as the new knight of the realm. 

Sir Charles de Verre, the terrible Ogre, Mash the Scrotum Gripper and many more sort of familiar characters all enter the story of the fantastic fall of Govania and the emergence of Sevconia at Castle Ibroke. 

Once Upon a Time in the Kingdom Of Govania is an Escaped Goat Production for Celtic Quick News and Internet Bampots and is available exclusively from  www.cqnbookstore.com with a limited number copies remaining. 

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