Why it would be a surprise if Carlton Cole is still at Celtic next season

Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole’s contract with Celtic is until June 2017, but could he leave as early as next summer?

Celtic signed Carlton Cole on a free transfer in October on a contract which runs until June 2017.

The former Chelsea striker was a free agent, having left Premier League outfit West Ham United at the end of the 2014-15 season.

Cole was signed in order to boost Celtic’s attack. The Englishman will fight with Nadir Ciftci, Leigh Griffiths and Anthony Stokes for a place in the Bhoys’ starting lineup as the season progresses.

While the 32-year-old is a decent short-term fix, it is hard to see him remaining at Celtic beyond next summer.

The main reason is that Cole is largely an average striker, and for Celtic to progress in Europe, they need someone better.

With Ronny Deila’s future far from certain, it is hard to see a new manager keeping faith in a striker who is past his prime and is in his 30s.

Cole may be good enough to play in the Scottish Premiership, but Celtic would win the title with just Griffiths and Ciftci in the team.

The Englishman could come handy during times of injuries and suspensions, but it would make sense for Celtic to sign a better and younger striker next summer.

For the Hoops to achieve success in Europe next season, they need someone better than Cole.

Cole is nothing more than a short-term fix, and it would be a surprise if he is still at Celtic Park next season.

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