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Toure start?

By August 2, 2016No Comments

Kolo Toure looks all set to make his debut in Celtic’s crucial Champions League qualifier second leg against Astana in Glasgow.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said he would have no problem throwing the experienced defender in from the start to tighten his defence, in a match that is evenly balanced at 1-1 from the first leg in Kazakhstan.

“Kolo will be in the squad. He has trained well since coming in. I’m confident he can play a part tomorrow.”

The 35 year old missed Celtic’s friendly against Barcelona in Dublin at the weekend, but the former Liverpool defender could be thrown in at the expense of Efe Ambrose at the heart of the defence.

The Nigerian International is considered the weak link in Celtic’s back line and was booed by supporters after scoring an own goal against Barcelona in their 3-1 defeat.

Celtic have an injury worry over Nir Biton, who looks unlikely to make it along with Erik Sviatchenko, but Stefan Johansen is back fit and available.

The Celtic boss is well aware this a match they must avoid defeat in to have any hope of making the play-off stage for group qualification.

“Tomorrow night we aim to show that it is our pitch, we have to own the pitch and we need to get the result and that will be the idea for all of our home games this season.”

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