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Celtic new Eboue excited at working with Brendan Rodgers

By Andy Newport

Celtic have signed Kouassi Eboue after sealing a £2.8m deal for the Ivorian teenager.

The Hoops struck a deal with the 19-year-old's Russian club Krasnador last week but have been forced to wait for a work permit before concluding the purchase.

Eboue - who has joined Brendan Rodgers' squad during their winter training camp in Dubai - has signed a four-year deal.

He will hope to make his debut when the Parkhead side return to action with a William Hill Scottish Cup clash against Albion Rovers a week on Saturday. And he admits the prospect of joining up with compatriot Kolo Toure meant the move was too good to turn down.

He said: "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.

"I spoke with some friends, the older players in the senior team and they said to go to Celtic because it was good for me.

"Did Kolo Toure being at Celtic play any part in my decision? Yes, because Kolo is a big man. When I was young I watched TV and now when I think I'll play alongside him I'm really happy."

Meanwhile, Charlie Nicholas has warned Celtic striker Moussa Dembele he will be joining the wrong club at the wrong time if he chooses West Ham.

Former Parkhead favourite Nicholas believes Dembele will be making a major error if he swaps the east end of Glasgow for the east end of London. Nicholas took a similar road south when he joined Arsenal in 1983, but admits he should have chosen his destination more carefully.

Urging Dembele not to make the mistake he did, the Sky Sports pundit said: "I'd just say if Moussa does go, make sure it's the right club. I can speak with experience on this. I had a lot of clubs after me as a young lad.

"I should have gone to Liverpool. I'd never say a bad word about Arsenal, but those are the choices we make. You get some right, you get some wrong.

"Are West Ham the wrong club at this time? Absolutely.

"It is a team surrounded by mayhem at home. They have got a new stadium, but fight and argue and scrap with each other. Dimitri Payet, their best player, has said he doesn't want to be there."

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