Carlton Cole responds when asked when he'll be ready to play for Celtic

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Celtic have handed Carlton Cole a deal which will keep him at Parkhead until 2017.

Carlton Cole says that he is pushing towards full-fitness, after being confirmed as a Celtic player earlier today on the club's official website

Cole has signed a contract which will keep him at Parkhead until 2017, after he impressed during an extended trial period with the club.

The former West Ham United man has not played a competitive match since the back end of last season, but he is keen to get involved at the Bhoys straight away.

Cole was training with Celtic for over a month before Ronny Deila decided that the experienced forward would be a valuable addition to the group.

The 32-year-old is a different option to the rest of the strikers in the Bhoys team, and presents Deila with another route to goal.

Celtic have generally utilised Leigh Griffiths as their number one striker, and Cole's task will be to displace the Scotland international in the side.

Doing so could be tough, as Griffiths has been in excellent form this term, netting 10 times in 19 matches.

Cole's first game for Celtic could come against Ross County at the weekend. 

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