Carlton Cole has been released by Celtic.
Celtic's Carlton Cole
Celtic confirmed via their official website earlier today they have released striker Carlton Cole.
Cole signed for Celtic last season as a free agent, and struggled to establish himself as a part of the club's starting XI.
Celtic's new signing Carlton Cole shakes the hand of a fan before the game
The 32-year-old made only four league appearances for the Scottish champions, providing one assists but failing to score.
He did manage to net one goal in his only appearance in the Scottish Cup in a 3-0 win against Stranraer.
Celtic's Carlton Cole celebrates at the end of the match
Once hailed as the golden boy of English football after breaking through at Chelsea as a teenager, his poor spell at Celtic sharply illustrates Cole's demise as a force.
Now a free agent, it is unlikely there will be a rush among top clubs for his signature after a lack of regular football over the past year.
His departure is unsurprising, and it offers Celtic an added incentive to sign another striker to boost their options in attack, having also trimmed their wage bill.
Celtic's Carlton Cole (R) scores their second goal
Here is a look at how Celtic fans reacted on Twitter to Cole's release...
Did Carlton Cole really get a chance?most players celtic get rid of havnt had a chance .— Joseph (@josephduffy81) June 16, 2016
By releasing Carlton Cole, Celtic just jumped up ten places in the world rankings.— Patrick Brusnahan (@patbrusnahan) June 16, 2016
I like how the word 'sincerely' is used on the official website when wishing Carlton Cole all the best. When in reality, it isn't sincere.— Liam Reid (@ltreidy67) June 16, 2016
@CarltonCole1 may have left but I know what il be chanting every time spandau ballet gold comes on, aww the best big fella, you'll be missed— Ciaran Edelsten (@ciaraned) June 16, 2016
Best times of last season was when Carlton Cole went to warm up #alwaysbelieveincarltoncole— WhatTheHellDoWeCare (@RossBakerr) June 16, 2016
Carlton Cole, Kazim Richards wtf was Ronnie thinking... #celtic guy was off his trolley— Andy Cairney (@andycairney77) June 16, 2016
Carlton cole off at last money to be better used.SO USE IT CELTIC NOW— Robert Craig (@rabcraig1962) June 16, 2016