Carlton Cole finally agreed a deal to sign with Celtic yesterday after leaving West Ham at the end of last season, and he has told the Daily Mail why it is a massive step up now that he has signed for the Bhoys.
Cole said: “My mentality really has to change. I am not at a mid-table team where I can go and play a big team and it is alright if you play well but don’t win. It can’t be like that any more. You have to win every game. It’s a massive step up. I have the quality but it’s getting the mindset that I have to win every game now.”
Cole left West Ham at the end of last season when his contract was not renewed, and he has been training with Ronny Deila’s men since last month, and has finally earned a contract with the Bhoys.
He arrives at Parkhead to provide competition for Leigh Griffiths and Nadir Ciftci, and on current form, he should find himself ahead of Ciftci in Deila’s pecking order.
Fighting for a place ahead of Griffiths could be a challenge, considering the form the Scottish forward has shown this term, but he has admitted that he has to change his mentality to be fine with not just settling for a place on the bench, but to actively improve so he can help the side.
Cole knows that he is not at a club where losing games could be considered acceptable - as it was at West Ham - and the forward has said that it is a massive step up to now be playing for a side who are expected to win every single game.
Cole believes he has the quality to perform at the required level for Celtic, and it is just his mentality which needs to change seeing as he has moved from a mid-table side to one who should be winning the Scottish Premiership this season.