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‘KOLO WILL PROVE HIS CLASS’

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KOLO TOURE will get over his Champions league calamities and prove his ability in the Betfred League Cup semi-final against Sevco Rangers on Sunday.
That is the verdict of striker Leigh Griffiths as Celtic prepare for the Hampden last-four showdown.
Veteran centre-back Toure accepted liability at both Borussia Monchengladbach’s goals at Parkhead in midweek that left the Hoops’ European hopes in jeopardy.img_2494-3.jpg
But team-mate Griffiths, who came on as a late sub against the Germans, has every belief in the 35-year-old Ivorian international to overcome his uncharacteristic errors.

He said: “Obviously, the big man was disappointed. He knows that it was individual mistakes, but he has been great since he came here, so I don’t think we can be too hard on him.

“Kolo realises he has let himself and the team down, but he has saved us time and time again since he has been in and it is just one of these things.

“Now we have a chance to get to a national Cup Final. Hopefully, we can go to Hampden and put on a performance for our fans and try and give them something to forget about the result against Borussia Monchengladbach.

“There were a couple of individual mistakes that cost us goals, but we have a massive game to look forward to on Sunday now.”

Meanwhile, Griffiths has also praised the contribution of Craig Gordon who has come back into the Hoops team after losing his place earlier in the season to Dorus de Vries.

Griffiths described one of Gordon’s saves in midweek as “world-class” and offered the opinion that the stopper should be a first pick for both club and country.

He added: “I have said it before, but since Craig walked in the door here he has been phenomenal.

“In my opinion, he should be Scotland’s number one. He keeps proving himself time and time again. His save in the first-half from Ibrahima Traore’s snapshot was world class.”
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