Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Daily Record that he wants to sign a new striker - but isn't giving up on a deal for Carlton Cole.
The Bhoys bounced back from two successive draws by beating Hamilton Academical 2-1 on Sunday afternoon, with goals from Dedryck Boyata and Leigh Griffiths giving Deila a vital three points.
Griffiths' fine form in front of goal continues, but that seemingly isn't stopping manager Deila from pursuing more striking options ahead of the January transfer window.
After signing Nadir Ciftci from Dundee United this summer, Celtic allowed Stefan Scepovic to head back to Spain and sign for Getafe, leaving the Bhoys a striker short.
Now, Deila has told the Daily Record that he must sign a striker in January, citing that trialist Carlton Cole could be the man they need as he gave an update on the 31-year-old's situation at Celtic Park.
"It’s a vital role we need to fill in January. It has been for a while but we haven’t yet got the man we are looking for, at the right price, age and time," said Deila. "I have faith in Griffiths and Ciftci but I think we should have three strikers. If we get Carlton in, we’ll have filled the position."
"But we’ll see if we can get an agreement that’s right for both us. We’ll take some time before we make a decision as he’s out with a small injury. Would he be short or long-term signing? You could see it longer than one year but we’d need to get him back to the level he’s been at before. If he can do it, it could be long-term. He’s still only 31 so can have two, three, maybe four years left in his career," he added.
Cole is a free agent having left West Ham United at the end of last season, and has been training with Celtic for around two weeks now in a bid to win a contract.
A small injury in training last week has complicated matters, but Cole has a real chance to stay at Celtic permanently, given that he offers experience, strength and aerial ability; attributes that the Bhoys front line currently lack.