Chris Sutton not pleased with Celtic recruitment, cites Carlton Cole signing

Carlton Cole

The former Celtic striker is not impressed with the club.

Celtic recently plucked up former West Ham and England striker Carlton Cole from his free agent status. Celtic needed a new striker and failed to bring in another name, despite several big links, before the transfer window shut.

Cole therefore proved their best available option and Celtic snapped him up after weeks of negotiation.

It was however a rather uninspiring signing, even if he has already achieved some form of cult status among the Celtic faithful.

However, one former Celtic striker is not impressed.

Chris Sutton, himself a former England striker, spent six seasons at Celtic and scored 86 goals in 189 games for The Bhoys.

He however does not appear to be confident that Cole will emulate such a record.

He told the Scottish Daily Record this weekend:

"Either way Celtic need to ditch the current signing policy because it simply isn’t working.

"Something is fundamentally wrong because they are not getting the Hoopers, Wanyamas, van Dijks or Forsters any more.

"The same guys who found those players are still there. You can’t tell me the best the same scouting network could find when hunting a striker was to unearth Carlton Cole.

"That leads you to suspect that somewhere up the chain the good ones are being lost."

Celtic have a star striker in Leigh Griffiths but his back-up has not been great.

Summer arrival Nadir Ciftci has failed to produce the form he managed with former club Dundee United. Anthony Stokes meanwhile appears to be Ronny Deila's current enemy number one. Meanwhile Stefan Scepovic is currently out on loan at Getafe.

Cole will certainly hope to have the impact that Sutton once had at Celtic. But the former Bhoys striker is certainly hoping to see better recruitment in January.

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