Carlton Cole discusses his situation at Celtic, explains what he asked Deila

Carlton Cole is hoping to make an impact in the Celtic first-team soon.

Celtic striker Carlton Cole has told the club's official website that he is working his way towards full fitness having signed for the club a month ago.

The 32-year-old hitman had spent the early stages of the season without a club having been released by West Ham over the summer - but Celtic offered him a route back in to football by signing him to an 18-month contract after a successful trial period.

So far though, Cole has yet to make his first start for the club, with manager Ronny Deila seeingly keen to build up the veteran's fitness before handing him a key role.

This weekend, Celtic take on Kilmarnock, and The Telegraph report that Cole is set to make his first start for Celtic after successfully coming through a bounce game against Livingston.

Celtic won that game 4-1, but Cole didn't get on the scoresheet - and after a slow start to life in Glasgow, Cole has clarified his situation, citing that he needed to increase his fitness levels before playing for the Celtic first-team on a regular basis.

Cole also told the club's official website that he was only supposed to play 45 minutes against Livingston, but he asked manager Deila to let him play an extra 15 minutes - showing just how keen he is to get himself in perfect shape for the Bhoys.

"I needed that game last week because it has been so long since I’ve played," said Cole. "Just being out there among the lads was great. It didn’t go the way I dreamed about it but it was a start. When it’s a start you’ve just got to take what you can. I worked hard, tried to influence it as much as I could, and that’ll come with more match-sharpness and games."

"I was supposed to only play 45 minutes but with the person I am, if I feel like I can do a bit more, I’ll do it. I asked the manager if I could do an extra 15 and they all know where I’m at but I’ve got to control that to make sure I don’t get injured again. It’s a fine line," he added.

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