Celtic star Mikael Lustig gives his thoughts on Carlton Cole pursuit following Hearts stalemate

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has backed the club's pursuit of Carlton Cole.

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has told the Daily Express that he has seen how good Carlton Cole is during training, and backed the Bhoys' move for the striker.

Cole, 31, has been a free agent since leaving West Ham this summer, and having failed to land a new club in that time, it now appears that a deal with Celtic could be on the cards.

The striker spent last week training with Ronny Deila's side ahead of a possible contract with the club, with manager Ronny Deila desperate to land a target man to play up front.

Deila watched his side struggle against Hearts on Saturday, as they could only muster a 0-0 draw at Celtic Park - despite having 24 shots on goal.

Therefore, a move for a new striker would certainly be sensible for Deila, and a physical presence like Cole could give Celtic a new dimension in attack.

Now, with Celtic seemingly gearing up to make a decision over whether to sign Cole permanently, Swedish right back Lustig has given his thoughts on the move, telling the Daily Express that he has seen how good Cole is during his training sessions, and believes that he will make the team better if he signs.

"I don’t think he has played for a little while, but you can still see he’s a good player," said Lustig. "He’s experienced and he looks very good in the box. He’s done really well down south and he brings us something that we don’t have right now. He’s a box player and is maybe stronger in the air. You always want new additions that can make the playing squad better. If we do sign Carlton, then it’s not going to make us worse – we will be better," he added.

Cole would bring a veteran presence to the Celtic side, and on a free transfer, it's unlikely that Deila could find a better player to fill the target man role - and after that stalemate against Hearts, expect to see Celtic and Deila make a quick decision over whether Cole is their man or not.

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