John Kennedy explains why Celtic have not made a decision concerning Carlton Cole

Former West Ham striker Carlton Cole has been on trial with Celtic.

Speaking to the Daily Record, John Kennedy has explained why Celtic have found it hard to assess Carlton Cole’s true quality, with the striker attempting to earn a permanent contract with the Scottish club.

Kennedy said: “He did well last week but he is short on football fitness and he has not done enough football training to get a proper judgement, but we know what he is all about and I think when the club and his representatives speak together, then the deal has to be right if there is one to be done.”

Cole arrived at Parkhead last week to undergo a trial session with the Bhoys, but Kennedy has admitted that his work in training showed little of his actual abilities.

Having been without a club since the end of last season, it is no surprise that the 31-year-old striker is short of match fitness, and Kennedy admitted that he has not done enough actual football training as he looks to work his way back to fitness.

This means that Ronny Deila has been unable to make a proper judgement on Cole, having yet to see if he fits into the footballing philosophy that the Norwegian coach has implemented at Parkhead.

Cole’s trial spell has now finished, and he is waiting on contact from Celtic to see if he did enough to earn a permanent deal with the Scottish Premiership club, with the ageing striker still on the look out for a new club after leaving West Ham over the summer.

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