Former Celtic manager offers his strong opinion on Carlton Cole’s future

David Hay says that Carlton Cole has a future at Celtic.

David Hay has written in The Glasgow Evening Times that former Chelsea and West Ham United striker Carlton Cole has a future at Celtic.

Cole joined Celtic on a free transfer in October and has a contract until June 2017. The performances of the 32-year-old striker for the Bhoys so far this season have not been great.

Former Celtic midfielder and manager Hay has explained why Cole should be part of the Hoops next season.

“I also don’t subscribe to the theory that it means there is no real future at the club for Carlton Cole; the converse might actually be true,” the former Scotland international told The Glasgow Evening Times.

“If there is going to be tendency to push on with two up front then it means that in actual fact there may be more opportunities for him, albeit from the bench. But Cole is only 32. He still has some football in him.

“This is up to him to recognise that if there is someone in front of him then he needs to rise to the challenge and try to get himself into the team.”

Celtic are at the top of the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 55 points from 24 matches. Ronny Deila’s side are level on points with second-placed Aberdeen and have a game in hand.

The Glasgow giants will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Ross County at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership.

County are fourth in the league table at the moment with 33 points from 25 matches, 11 points behind third-placed Heart of Midlothian.

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