It was with a heavy heart that we all watched Kolo Toure being released from the club this summer. The 35 year old defender and Ivory Coast captain was always a bright spot for the team, bringing warmth and joy wherever he was involved. The end of his contract came up, though, and the club unfortunately decided to let him go. So it goes.
I'm sure I'm not the only one that wondered what would happen to our dear Kolo. Would he stay in the Premier League? Hopefully not - no one wants to play against a former club favorite. Would he retire, rest on his laurels? He still had more to give! And with our defense situation as it turned out to be briefly, some even wondered if we could bring him back - myself included.
Well, we're wondering no more because the Scottish Premier League has announced that Toure has followed his old manager Brendan Rodgers to Celtic on a one year deal. Of all the players posited to make that move north, or for Rodgers to have enticed up to Glasgow with him, I don't know if Toure was expected to be one of them, but here we are. It is unlikely the defender will appear for Celtic in this Wednesday's Champions League qualifier against FC Astana, but both player and manager are looking forward to hopefully getting some minutes in during the weekend's friendly against Barcelona.
Here's hoping Celtics fans are ready to sing the Toure Chant with as much gusto as we're used to hearing.