Deila gives update on Celtic's Carlton Cole pursuit, claims striker 'sees opportunities'

Carlton Cole

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says a move for Carlton Cole is up in the air.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told Sporting Life that he doesn't know whether Carlton Cole will join the club despite his recent trial.

The Bhoys endured a frustrating afternoon on Saturday, drawing 0-0 with Hearts at Celtic Park despite notching 24 shots on goal over the course of the 90 minutes.

The stalemate prompted further suggestions that Celtic still need to bring in one more striker, and Cole is the favourite to be signed having spent a week on trial with the club.

Cole, 31, left West Ham at the end of his contract this summer, but has been without a club ever since as no clubs have so far looked to take a chance on him.

Now though, Cole has spent the last week training with Celtic in a bid to win a contract with Ronny Deila's side, with many believing that the former Chelsea youngster will eventually pen a deal with the Bhoys.

However, manager Deila has now told Sporting Life that whilst Celtic desperately needed a player of Cole's ilk against Hearts, he isn't sure whether a deal for Cole will now go through, as the striker has returned to London following his trial period in Glasgow - but he did add that Cole believes a move to Scotland will give him the opportunity to score plenty of goals.

"It couldn't be clearer than what you seen today," said Deila, suggesting that it was the ideal situation for Cole. "You need someone who has different skills than the players we have and Carlton has that, so we will see what happens there. But that type of player is what we have been looking for."

"At the moment he is in London. Maybe he will come back again next week. I don't know for sure what is happening. He hasn't played football for a long time so it will take time for him to get going again. But he has been consistent in the Premier League for a long time and he has a lot of the qualities that we are looking for in matches like today."

"He was very positive with everything about Celtic. He has been to the games here and he sees opportunities to score a lot of goals here. We will keep on talking and see if there is going to be something or not," he added.

As more of a target man, Cole can provide the strength and aerial ability that Celtic currently lack in the final third, and offering that direct presence should help Deila tactically - especially when they need to make a breakthrough, just as they did against Hearts on Saturday.

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