Celtic boss Ronny Deila claims there's a lot more to come from Carlton Cole

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Carlton Cole scored on his Celtic debut against Inverness at the weekend.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has told the Daily Record that Carlton Cole has a lot more to offer the team, even though he scored on debut.

Cole was introduced late on during Celtic’s match against Inverness at the weekend, and he bundled the ball over the line to help the Bhoys pick up the three points.

His goal was a rather bizarre one, but Deila was not too fussed over the style of the strike, and the Norwegian boss is looking forward to seeing what the target man can offer the Bhoys.

“I think Carlton was the last one on it so he gets a goal,” Deila said. “He needs time. He hasn’t played since May.

“He had one game against Livingston. He has been training more now but there is a lot more to come from Carlton.”

Cole joined Celtic after impressing in training, following his departure from West Ham United at the end of last season.

The 32-year-old has been brought to the Bhoys to offer competition for places up-front, and he has made a good start.

It is unlikely that he will displace Leigh Griffiths as Celtic’s main striker, but he showed the influence he can have on matches on Sunday.

Cole offers a different threat to any other player in the Bhoys’ squad, and he will hope to get on the scoresheet regularly, after opening his account.

Celtic’s next match comes against Hamilton at the weekend, where they will be hoping to extend their seven-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

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