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‘I CAN STILL SCORE GOALS AT TOP LEVEL,’ CELTIC FLOP

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CELTIC cast-off Carlton Cole is on the look-out for a new club.

The 33-year-old striker, who scored one goal in five appearances for the Hoops, was given the boot by new boss Brendan Rodgers in June 2016 only eight months into his original two-year deal.

Cole has returned following a disastrous spell in Indonesia with Persib Bandung and is keen to play in England again.

The former England international failed to score in five appearances for the Asian team and his contract was terminated.

Cole, who has played for eight different clubs after starting his career at Chelsea in 2001, has been linked with Crystal Palace who have gone seven league games without a goal.

The veteran attacker insisted there has been no contact from the London outfit, but would consider a move to Roy Hodgson’s rock-bottom side.

He said: “I’ve not heard anything, but you never know what happens in football. Clubs need strikers to take the pressure off. Obviously, I’m here and ready to go.”

Cole is convinced he is still capable of scoring goals in the English top flight.

He added: “I’m just waiting for a phone call to see if a team is ready for me to go there and see where that takes me.

“Scoring goals and playing up front in the Premier League is hard, but I obviously think I’ve got what it takes and I know what it takes.

“I want to stay in England. I don’t want to go abroad anymore, I’ve done that. Anything close to home would be good for me.”

Ronny Deila signed Cole for the Scottish champions following his release from West Ham where he had spent nine years.

His solitary goal was netted in a 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Stranraer at Stair Park in January 2016.

Rodgers had only been in the job 27 days when the seven-times capped forward was handed his P45.

NEW CQN PODCAST FROM CELTIC PARK ON SATURDAY

Kevin Graham is back with a new CQN Podcast from Saturday. He talks to supporters on the bus on the way to Parkhead, interviews John Paul Taylor outside the ground and captures the atmosphere and action inside the ground before getting some more supporters’ views on the bus home after an eventful afternoon at Celtic Park.

Apologies for a few sweary words in this podcast near the end.

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