Celtic are on the verge of signing Carlton Cole to a permanent contract, and Alvin Martin has told the Daily Record that the striker will bring a perfect attitude to Parkhead having seen him give his all during his time with the Hammers.
The ex-Hammers star said: “They [Celtic fans] will be expecting Carlton Cole to go up there, score goals and cause havoc in the opposition defences. I think he will do it and look at this as a great opportunity to play for a club with massive crowds and that enthusiasm and desire will be fuelled by that. Even when it wasn’t going well for him at West Ham – which at times it didn’t – he always worked hard and gave 100 per cent.”
Cole established himself as a fan favourite at West Ham during a nine-year stay at the Boleyn Ground, despite the fact that he was never a particularly prolific goalscorer.
In 293 games Cole netted 67 times, but it was his work rate and attitude which truly endeared the 31-year-old to the West Ham support, as he would always do his best for the East London side.
Whether that was defending in displays which saw the Hammers on the back-foot, or running his heart out for the benefit of his teammates, Cole played a vital role in West Ham returning to the Premier League from the Championship, before helping the Irons establish themselves in the top flight under the management of Sam Allardyce.
This is the same kind of role which will make him a favourite at Celtic Park, with the Record article claiming he has already held talks with Ronny Deila’s men, and is set to finalise a move this week.
The Celtic fans want their players to give their all every time they take to the field, and if Cole can replicate the kind of work-rate at Parkhead as he did with West Ham, there is no denying that he will be a success north of the border.