Former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has been named assistant coach of Ivory Coast.
The Africa Cup of Nation winner who recently-retired and appointed as Celtic’s backroom staff earlier this month after seeing out his playing career with the Scottish Champions.
The 36-year-old Toure will added to his workload by taking on the role as assistant to former Belgium boss Marc Wilmots at the national team level.
“Any club I’ve been all the managers have spoken to me about the next step and wanted me to be involved in the coaching,” he said of his appointment. “I love to speak to players and when I play I like to give advice: that is what I learned from players like Martin Keown, Sol Campbell, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp.
“I can still ask their advice and speak to them because I’ve always had a good relationship with them and learned from all of them. I’ve also worked with top managers and I am so privileged to have worked with those guys and I still have contact with them.”
Wilmots was named as boss of Ivory Coast earlier this year after leaving Belgium last summer on the back of their Euro 2016 disappointment.
Toure is the second-most capped player for the Ivory Coast, with 120 appearances where participate at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup with seven Africa Cup of Nations helping them finish runner-up in 2006 and 2012 and winning it in 2015.