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Kolo Toure joins Brendan Rodgers’ staff at Leicester City

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A familiar face has made his return to the Premier League, although in a very different capacity.

Longtime Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has joined the Leicester City coaching staff, following Brendan Rodgers from Celtic to Liverpool. The 37-year-old retired a little under two years ago, having played for Rodgers at both Liverpool and Celtic. He immediately joined Rodgers’ staff upon retirement, and the two have formed a coaching partnership.

Toure has dived headfirst into coaching since the end of his playing days. Not only has he begun to learn under Rodgers and the rest of his backroom staff in Chris Davies and Glen Driscoll, but Toure was also been a part of the Ivory Coast coaching setup, serving on both the senior squad during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations as well as working with the U-23 squad.

When he joined Celtic in 2017, Toure said, “I can learn so much from working with Brendan Rodgers, he is a top manager. I will be working with him and his staff very closely each day. He is one of the best young managers in the world right now. What he’s doing for Celtic is there for all to see, he’s doing amazingly right now.”

In his playing days, Toure made 354 Premier League appearances for Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City, earning a pair of league titles eight years apart. While the majority of his career came under legendary Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger, he made 64 appearances in his career for Rodgers between Liverpool and Celtic.

Toure also owns over 100 caps for Cote d’Ivoire, playing in two World Cups and finishing runners up in the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations as the host country.

Leicester appoints Brendan Rodgers as manager

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Leicester City has named Brendan Rodgers as its new manager, the club announced on Tuesday, just two days after firing Claude Puel.

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Rodgers returned to management following his October 2015 departure from Liverpool by taking over at Scottish giants Celtic in the summer of 2016. He went on to win back-to-back league titles — to go with a pair of Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups — in his first two-plus seasons at the club, with a third straight triumph looking likely as they hold an eight-point lead with 11 games left to play.

Leicester had previously requested permission to speak with Rodgers — dubbed the Foxes’ no. 1 candidate — and permission was, “very reluctantly,” granted.

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According to reports out of the UK, Leicester could be forced to pay Celtic a fee of $10 million as compensation for Rodgers’ services.

Leicester given permission to speak to Celtic boss Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers has done magnificently well to revive his stock while at Celtic, and will perhaps be returning to the Premier League in very short order after Leicester City were granted permission to speak to him on Tuesday.

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Leicester are without a manager after Claude Puel was fired on Sunday, and the Foxes have focused their search on Rodgers who has guided the Scottish giants to back-to-back league titles — to go with a pair of Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups — in his first two-plus seasons at the club, with a third straight triumph looking likely as they hold an eight-point lead with 11 games left to play.

Celtic confirmed their stance in a statement:

“Celtic Football Club today confirmed that it has been approached by Leicester City FC to speak to Brendan Rodgers with regards to their current managerial vacancy.

“Brendan has indicated to the Club that this is an opportunity he wishes to investigate further and therefore, very reluctantly, the Club has granted him permission to speak to Leicester City.”

Various reports out of the UK have already claimed that Rodgers has accepted the job at the King Power Stadium. An official announcement could come from the club ahead of Tuesday’s PL fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold).

Prior to being hired at Celtic, Rodgers was fired by Liverpool in October 2015, less than 18 months after his side came up two points short of winning the PL title.

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According to reports, Leicester could be forced to pay Celtic a fee of $10 million to get Rodgers out of his current contract.

Weah’s fiery passion on display in late Celtic celebrations (video)

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Timothy Weah’s time at Celtic will likely be brief, but the U.S. national team youngster is doing plenty to leave a lasting impression in Glasgow.

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Having already scored three times in seven appearances (just two starts – all competitions) for the Scottish giants, Weah first made an impact on the field before making his way into the hearts of Celtic supporters with a fiery display of celebration and trash-talk following Scott Brown’s stoppage-time winner against Kilmarnock.

For 90-plus minutes, the seven-time defending champions — and runaway leaders once again — were stymied and appeared headed for a scoreless draw away from home. Dropping points would have allowed second-place Rangers to remain within six points, letting them off the hook for their scoreless stalemate with St. Johnstone on Saturday.

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Then came the winner, complete with Brown’s second yellow card of the game for an over-the-top celebration with a group of Celtic fans who staged a mini-field invasion. Tensions were high elsewhere on the field, as Weah, who came on as a substitute 15 minutes earlier, went out of his way to celebrate in the faces of Kilmarnock players Greg Taylor and Jordan Jones, with the referee standing in front of him.

While he’s expected to return to Paris Saint-Germain as soon as his six-month loan ends, Weah will long be welcomed back at Celtic Park anytime.

WATCH: Celtic midfielder Brown rips rocket from distance

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As we await our first goal from Spurs-Leicester City, we’ve got a certified beauty north of the English border.

For those unfamiliar with the league, Scott Brown of Celtic is certified villain, possible lunatic, midfield monster, and one of the more terrifying people in the league.

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The Glaswegian veteran, 33, has 55 Scottish caps to go with more than 500 appearances for Celtic, having arrived at the club from Hibernian in 2007.

Brown’s first Celtic goal since Feb. 11, 2017, was an absolute belter, the midfielder tearing into this loose ball after a single touch in Sunday’s Scottish Cup game against St. Johnstone.