CONFIRMED: Celtic seal deal for rising star Eboue

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The 19-year-old, who has been compared to Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho by Brendan Rodgers, has joined the Hoops on a four-year deal

Celtic have completed the signing of Kouassi Eboue from Krasnodar.

The 19-year-old midfielder has signed a four-year contract with the Scottish champions for a reported fee of £2.8million.

Speaking after Celtic announced the deal, Kouassi told the club's official website : "I'm very happy to sign for Celtic because Celtic is a big, historic club.

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"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."

Rodgers said this week that he needed only 10 seconds to realise Eboue's potential and compared him to two star players during his time at Liverpool - Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho.

"He is one of those young players I look at with the same feeling I had as when I saw a young Coutinho or a young Sterling," said Rodgers.

"This boy has that. Within 10 seconds you see his talent. 

"He is one, obviously, the scouting team have been aware of and most coaches see something in a player that suits their way of working. 

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"Eboue's a big talent and, if he arrives on board and everything is good, this is a great chance for him to flourish."

Eboue, who was called up to the Ivory Coast squad for the first time last November, is relishing the chance to play alongside compatriot Kolo Toure.

"Kolo is a big man," he said. "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."