Kolo Toure is set to be offered a player-coach role by manager Brendan Rodgers when his contract expires in the summer.
The veteran centre-back worked with Rodgers at Liverpool and was signed by him again last summer when the Irishman was appointed as Celtic boss.
Rodgers is enthusiastic about extending the defender’s stay at Celtic, and thinks he’d be a valuable asset to have behind the scenes as well as on the pitch.
Quoted by the Daily Express, Rodgers spoke of the possibility of extending Toure’s stay at the club:
It’s something we’ll talk about at some stage between now and the end of the season, absolutely. There’s no doubt about that.
I brought him here for a number of reasons and one of them, of course, was playing, to help us get through to the Champions League. That mentality, and the experience of what it takes to get there, was going to be important.
There are also other reasons, like influence in the changing room. That doesn’t have to end after this season.
He’s a good guy and I like to help good people. I want to work with him and it’s something he and I will talk about between now and the end of the season.
The 35-year old has been hailed for his commitment to help younger players at the Parkhead club improve, as well as his experience on the pitch proving valuable during Celtic’s bid to qualify for the Champions League group stages.
He’s had a wealth of experience of playing at the top, participating in a Champions League final with Arsenal and a Europa League final last May with Liverpool.
He was also a member of the famous Arsenal Invincibles side in the 2003/2004 season and has won a Premier League title with the Gunners and another with Manchester City.