Cole signed for Celtic in October on a free transfer, and Chris Sutton has told the Record that he has been impressed with the forward, but doubts he is the long-term solution for the Bhoys.
Sutton said: “Carlton Cole got a first start for Celtic at Stranraer at the weekend and that was good for two reasons. Firstly, he got a goal, and secondly he managed to get over an hour on a heavy pitch, which will help his fitness and sharpness. Cole has his attributes, but surely he is not the long-term answer?”
Cole linked up with the Bhoys in October, having left West Ham at the end of last season. The 32-year-old has spent a long time getting up to match fitness, and his 69 minute appearance against Stranraer at the weekend was his first start of the season.
He has made three substitute appearances for the Bhoys, and having scored in the victory over Stranraer, Cole is ready to start making more of an impact on the first-team set-up.
Given that Nadir Ciftci has struggled this term as a back-up striker, Cole is likely to leapfrog him and act as second choice to the exceptional Leigh Griffiths.
However, Sutton doubts that Cole is a long-term solution for Ronny Deila’s striking problems, and signing a new forward this month is certainly a priority.
Cole will bring something of a goal threat, but neither he nor Ciftci are good enough to act as a first-choice if Griffiths was to be struck down by a long-term injury.
The signing of Cole was seen as a strange move by the Bhoys, and whilst he has a role to play at Parkhead, Deila has to go out and sign a new striker before the close of the transfer window to play second fiddle to Griffiths.