Carlton Cole on the moment he realised the size of Celtic

The former West Ham striker completed his move North of the Border yesterday.

Celtic new boy Carlton Cole has revealed his interactions with the locals have been key to understanding the size of his new club.

The former West Ham striker has been training with the Hoops for a number of weeks, after being released by the Hammers this summer, and has immersed himself in the Glasgow environment.

Cole finally agreed a deal with the Parkhead club yesterday – after a protracted negotiation – and is determined to hit the ground running.

"I’ve spent a few weeks up here getting a feel for the club and passion of the fans. Because of that I feel ready for the challenge,” he told the Mirror.

"Celtic is a huge club, one of the biggest in the World, everyone in the city loves football and wants to talk about it.

"I got in a taxi yesterday and the driver started talking to me about how much the club means to him and explaining the deep passion and connection the fans have.

"That’s why I’m here, I want to give everything for this club, I want to wear the shirt with pride and put all I’ve got on the line,” he added.

The towering striker suffered an injury during his trial period, which further delayed his move, but a deal to keep him at the club until 2017 was confirmed yesterday.

He will compete with the likes of Leigh Griffiths and Nadir Cifti for a starting berth and will provide the Hoops with a useful variety in their attacking options.

Celtic’s possession-based style can come unstuck against teams with ten men behind the ball, determined not to concede, and the ability to go long for Cole could prove vital.

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