Carlton Cole discusses competition for places at Celtic after just five appearances

Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole wants to win trophies at Celtic - but knows there is major competition for places.

Celtic striker Carlton Cole has told The Scottish Sun that he knew there would be competition for places, after Colin Kazim-Richards joined the club on deadline day.

Cole, 32, joined Celtic on a free transfer back in October having been released by West Ham at the end of last season, with his performances during a trial spell with the Bhoys impressing manager Ronny Deila enough to win a contract.

At the time of his signing, Cole was seen as the physical target man that Celtic had been lacking up front, but he hasn't made much of an impact so far.

Cole has started just once for Celtic - a Scottish Cup tie against Stranraer - and whilst he scored in that game, Cole's time at Celtic has seen him play in just five games.

The former Chelsea man's chances of winning a regular first-team place looked to have improved when Celtic allowed striker Nadir Ciftci to join Eskisehirspor on deadline day, but they immediately replaced him with another centre forward, as Colin Kazim-Richards arrived from Feyenoord.

Cole is now clear third choice for Celtic up front, and has told The Scottish Sun that he understands the competition for places, but didn't just sign to pick up wages, and wants to help the Bhoys win silverware this season.

"I didn’t come up here just to take a wage," said Cole. "I always knew when I came that there would be competition for places and that I would need to fight to get into the team. If I can play a part in the last four months of the season I will be delighted."

"We all want the same thing — to be lifting silverware at the end of the season. I want to play a part in that. It is why I came to Celtic in the first place," he added.

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