Frank McAvennie: Carlton Cole is a team player - Celtic fans will warm to him

The former West Ham and Celtic star feels the man the Hammers released this summer could thrive at Parkhead.

Ex-West Ham United and Celtic forward Frank McAvennie feels Carlton Cole has the potential to be loved by the Bhoys faithful as he is a team player, according to the Daily Express.

Indeed, McAvennie has spoken warmly of the 31-year-old, who he thinks still has the ability to do a job in the Premier League.

In the Scottish Premiership, though, the former West Ham and Celtic man feels Cole can be as big of a hit, singling out his unselfish nature as a player as his best attribute.

McAvennie is quoted as saying by the Express: "I think he would be a good signing if Celtic decide to do the deal. You don’t play in the Premier League for as long as he has if you are not a top player.

"He will score goals. He scored goals in the English Premier League and I have no doubt he would score even more goals in the Scottish Premiership.

"But, for him, it is more about the team than any individual glory. He is a team player and one the fans would warm to. He could still do a job in the English Premier League, so that tells you the sort of quality he has."

It was always a little unthinkable that Cole could return to West Ham for a third spell, of course, even though the east London side were in pursuit of a new striker this summer.

In the end, they went for Nikica Jelavic but Cole's surprise arrival at Parkhead over the weekend could see the 31-year-old make a very good career move of his own.

Celtic should be a good destination for Cole and, according to McAvennie at least, the striker will be a good choice for the Bhoys. Of the other free agent options available to them, only Georgios Samaras stands out... 

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