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Five fantastic veterans that have played in Scotland as Kolo Toure signs with Celtic

| 26.07.2016

Robbie Purves | July 25, 2016

Celtic have completed the signing of former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure on a one-year deal. The 35-year-old veteran played for manager Brendan Rodgers at Anfield and will come in to provide much needed defensive cover for the Northern Irishman again.

On what Toure would bring to Celtic Park, Rodgers said: “With a lot of young players in our squad, he can really help them and he can be of great assistance.”

With Toure sealing a Celtic deal, Coral football writers pick out some veterans that journeyed to Scotland in the twilight of their careers…

Joey Barton to Rangers (33)

The combative midfielder joined Rangers this summer, at the age of 33 on a two-year deal. Barton ended his spell at Burnley the Turf Moor club’s Player of the Year, as they won the Championship title to return to the Premier League.

Rangers v Annan Athletic - Betfred Cup - Group F - Ibrox Stadium

After rejecting new terms to remain at the club, Barton received numerous offers to continue his playing days, but only one stood out. The former Marseille man said: “When I first found out there was an opportunity to come here (Rangers), that got the blood pumping, I just knew I had to go and do it, and it was something I had to be a part of.”

Strip away the controversy that follows Barton around, and you have an immensely talented midfielder that will no doubt show his quality in Glasgow. Keep an eye out for a matchup against Scott Brown in the Old Firm derby – Coral have Rangers 7/2 to win the title this season.

Niko Kranjcar to Rangers (31)

Kranjcar recently signed for Gers on a two-year deal, stating that it was a “big honour and privilege” and a “big responsibility” to be joining a club of such size and history.

The vastly experienced Croatian is a technically-gifted player who has enjoyed a top-level career spanning 15 years, and won bags of major trophies. With a duo of Barton and Kranjcar combining with the talented Andy Halliday, expect the Teddy Bears to do big things this term.

Roy Keane to Celtic (34)

After 12 years at Manchester United, lifting seven Premier League titles and a Champions League, Keane moved to Celtic in 2005.

Soccer - Bank of Scotland Premier Division - Celtic v Kilmarnock - Celtic Park

He played 10 times in the league and helped guide his team to a league title. Despite a difficult start, where he could be visibly seen complaining at his teammates, most of his positive impact was felt in the dressing room. Keane retired at the end of the season on medical grounds – the Bhoys are favourites to retain the Scottish Premiership title this year odds-on at 1/4.

Andrei Kanchelskis to Rangers (29)

Rangers broke their transfer record by paying £5.5m for Kanchelskis from Fiorentina in 1998. Kanchelskis was the fifth player signed by Rangers’ new coach Dick Advocaat, and took the Glasgow club’s summer spending spree to over £20m.

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Group D - Rangers v Galatasaray

After his spell in Scotland, he spent time in Saudi Arabia with Al-Hilal and Russia with Krylia Sovetov.

Graeme Souness to Rangers (33)

Souness’s career in Italy with Sampdoria ended in 1986 as he took up the position of player-manager at Rangers, making 50 league appearances before retiring as a player in 1991 at the age of 38.

European Soccer - UEFA Cup - FC Swarovski Tirol v Liverpool

During his time in Glasgow he became a fan favourite and lifted three league titles in a row.


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Robbie Purves