Carlton Cole has promised there is still more to come from him.
Cole said: “When I went out there, I didn’t feel on-point. The boys played brilliantly but at the same time I didn’t feel sharp as it was my first game since May 24. You haven’t seen the real Carlton Cole yet as I haven’t played for such a long time.”
Former Chelsea and West Ham forward Cole linked up with Celtic in October, agreeing a contract with the Scottish club following his summer release from the Boleyn Ground.
He spent ages before finalising his move due to issues about his fitness, and even though he signed in October, it took until Sunday’s game against Inverness CT before the 32-year-old was given a chance by Ronny Deila.
And Cole had an immediate impact after coming on as a substitute on the hour mark. Picking up the ball inside the box from a rebound, Cole stumbled to the ground and somehow managed to put the ball into the back of the net thanks to his hand and a deflection off defender Danny Devine.
It ensured Celtic could see out the win rather than endure a frantic end to the game, and Cole completed the task he was bought to do - score goals.
However, considering it was just his first game of the season, Cole looked off the pace for the Bhoys and has admitted himself that no one has yet seen the ‘real Carlton Cole’.
The forward has now made his debut for the club, and with match practice to his name, it should not be long before he is ready to start showing off his true skills to Celtic fans.