CELTIC are set to forge a partnership with Guinean champions AS Kaloum – thanks in part to ex-Rangers defender Basile Boli.
Celtic manager Ronny Deila will also give trials next month to two of the west African club’s top players, midfielder Mandala Konte and Congolese striker Kabongo Kassongo.
Kaloum president Bouba Sampil has recently returned home from Scotland, where he met Parkhead officials for talks. The businessman was advised by former France defender Boli, who spent the 1994-95 season at Ibrox and now acts as Kaloum’s ambassador in Europe.
Ivory Coast-born Boli, 48, pictured, recently helped the ambitious club recruit former Ivorian national coach Francois Zahoui as their new boss. Kaloum won the Guinean league last year, and currently lie fourth. They have lifted the title 13 times.
Kassongo and Konte are due to fly in on 9 March to begin two-week trials at Parkhead.