Sam Allardyce comments on Celtic's potential Carlton Cole move, gives important advice

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Ex-West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has commented on his admiration of Carlton Cole.

Former West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has told The Scottish Sun that Carlton Cole would be a great signing for Celtic.

Cole, 31, left West Ham at the end of last season, and has been without a club ever since, with no teams willing to take a chance on the forward - despite him being a free agent.

That may be about to change though, as Cole is currently on trial with Celtic, in a bid to win a contract with Ronny Deila's side this month.

The experienced forward is seen as the target man figure that Celtic have been desperate to sign recently, and he's currently getting to know the rest of the Bhoys squad ahead of a possible permanent move up to Glasgow.

One man who knows Cole better than most is Sam Allardyce, who managed Cole for West Ham before leaving at the same time at the end of last season.

Now, Allardyce - also still out of work - has told The Scottish Sun that he believes Cole can still do a job in the Premier League, never mind the Scottish Championship - and gave some important advice to Celtic manager Ronny Deila on how to handle Cole.

"I can’t speak highly enough of Carlton," said Allardyce. "He is a real good boy and, at 31, on a free transfer would be a great signing for any club. I’m surprised no one in England has signed him as of yet. Being available without a fee makes him a no-brainer of a signing for me."

"Celtic is a very big club, currently the top club in Scotland, and it’s not hard to understand why Carlton would be attracted to the idea of playing there. He was never a problem for me — and if I was to give any advice to Ronny about him, if he signs for Celtic, it would be to put an arm around him and let him know he’s appreciated."

"Players are all different kinds and, as a manager, you need to know what works for them. Carlton’s the type who needs to know his manager values him. That was fine by me. Carlton never let me down and he certainly knew I valued him," he added.

A decision over whether Cole will stay at Celtic long-term is expected in the coming days, with his trial period nearly at a week-long - and whilst he wasn't overly prolific in England, he can certainly add another dimension to the Celtic side if he does join permanently.

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