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  • Green and white delight for new Bhoy, Kouassi Eboue

    Green and white delight for new Bhoy, Kouassi Eboue

    By: Mark Henderson in Dubai on 12 Jan, 2017 13:41

  • CELTIC’S latest signing, Kouassi Eboue, is delighted to have finalised his move to the Scottish champions, and he can’t wait to get started in the Hoops.

    The talented 19-year-old midfielder, who has joined the club from Russian side, FC Krasnodar, on a four-year deal, is aiming to play his part as Brendan Rodgers’ side look to maintain their impressive domestic form, which has seen them remain unbeaten since the beginning of the campaign.

    With a 19-point lead at the top of the Premiership, and with the League Cup already won, the target now is to further extend the league dominance and enjoy a successful Scottish Cup campaign.

    And Eboue is looking forward to all the challenges ahead in the green and white Hoops.

    Speaking to the Celtic View, the Ivory Coast player spoke about his delight at having secured the move, which will also see him link up with his fellow countryman, Kolo Toure.

    How does it feel to be a Celtic player?
    I’m very happy to sign for Celtic because Celtic is a big, historic club. I had many options but I chose to come to Celtic because they have a good ambition and project here. I want to move forward and progress and I think Celtic is a good club for me to do that. Celtic also have a good coach in Brendan Rodgers so he can help me to develop.

    Did you speak to anyone about coming to the club?
    I spoke with some friends, my older brothers (players) in the senior team and they said to go to Celtic because it was good for me. I also spoke to Serges Deble (Ivorian internationalist), who plays for Viborg, and he told me to come and play as well.

    Did Kolo Toure being at Celtic play any part in your decision?
    Yes, because Kolo is a big man. When I was young I watched TV and supported him and now when I think I’ll play alongside him I’m really happy. When I knew he was here I asked about Celtic and I’m happy to be here with him. I will learn with him and Celtic has many good players so I will learn with them too. I knew of Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair and the captain, Scott Brown as well. I knew of Dedryck Boyata as well from when he played at Manchester City.

    What’s your message to the Celtic fans now you’re finally a player here?
    I want to say to the fans that I’m here, I’ve come to Celtic and I will give my best to be in the history of Celtic. I hope they will support and encourage me on the pitch and then they will be happy. I want to say thank you to my coaches, my agent and my big friend, Charles Amagbegnon, because they support me every time.  My mum, my father, my brother support me every time too so I want to say thank you for their support and advice and my team at the academy in Abidjan. They are always behind me and part of me and always help me move forward. I say thank you to Krasnodar, FC Shirak and my coaches in Russia and the club president Sergey Galitsky and for all the people who gave me so much advice.

    Read an in-depth, exclusive interview with Kouassi Eboue in next week’s Celtic View. On sale from Wednesday, January 18.

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