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Yaya Toure keen to speak to Celtic boss - should Rangers be concerned?

Celebrated ex-Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure, was the special guest on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, last night.
Aside from analysing City’s match against Wolves, Toure talked through his career and addressed speculation about a potential move to Celtic.
His brother, Kolo, spent the 2016-17 season at Parkhead.

Toure competes with Sergio Aguero during a Champions League match. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

“Celtic is a great team, but let me speak to Brendan and we’ll see”, said the Ivorian international, as quoted by the Scotsman.
He left the Etihad at the end of last season, after making 230 league appearances and winning three Premier League titles.
Toure is also a Champions League winner with Barcelona.

Toure on the decline

At 35, he clearly isn’t quite the same player he used to be, though.

Yaya Toure poses with the Champions League trophy alongside the Laurent Gbagbo, former President of the Ivory Coast. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Rangers have recent swooped for two veterans of their own, in 34-year-old Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe, 36.
Much like those additions, Toure hasn’t played a lot of football recently.
Yet, the Superleague Greece is considered to be a much lower standard than the Premier League and the midfielder made just two appearances during a brief stint with Olympiacos earlier this season.

He was marquee signing for the Greek side, so their reluctance to play him hints at a considerable lack of form and fitness.

Toure’s second spell at Olympiacos was unsuccessful. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s no doubt there would be jubilation on the other side of the city, should he move to Celtic.
However, this potential deal is clearly taking its very first steps.

Toure earned huge money during his time at Man City and there must be question marks over Celtic’s ability to pay anything vaguely similar.
With this player’s credentials, there should be plenty of other clubs in the running too.
If there isn’t, it’s a sign that he’s now a shadow of his former self.

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