KOLO TOURE has thanked Brendan Rodgers as he prepares for his new coaching career.
The former Celtic defender was appointed assistant manager to Ivory Coast’s Olympic team last week following his season at the treble champions.
“I was still a Celtic player, but during the second half of the season I was basically an apprentice coach at the club.
“This allowed me to take part in the preparation of matches, pre-match and post-match meetings, as well as half-time talks.
“So, I had a great experience of coaching with Brendan Rodgers for six months, which has helped a great deal.
“This is a new challenge for me and it is a great honour.
“For some time now I have been preparing myself for this role. I was given the opportunity to become a coach only, but I want to keep playing and combine them both.
“I have played under Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, Roberto Mancini and many more. I spoke to them all before I decided what to do and they were all very encouraging.
“Right now, I’m waiting for the right opportunity to continue playing. If I don’t find the right club, I will make the leap and become a full-time coach. I want to be a great coach.”
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