Carlton Cole blames artificial pitches for poor Celtic performances

By John Reid

October 8, 2020

Former Celtic striker Carlton Cole, whilst appearing on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on TalkSport, has said that one of the reasons that he struggled so badly with the Hoops was due to the astroturf pitches in Scotland.

Cole joined Celtic in October 2015 on a two-year deal. However, in his brief spell with the Hoops he only managed to score one goal, in a 3-0 win over Stranraer. He was then released by Celtic in the close season.

Now Cole has given a reason why he struggled so much with the Hoops.

“I had knee problems”

“You guys up there have artificial pitches. When I played up there I had knee problems but some of the grounds had astroturf and I couldn’t play. As soon as I play on it or train on it I’m out for a week with swollen knees” Cole said, whilst appearing on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on TalkSport (09:54, 07/10/20).

Carlton Cole in action for West Ham (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The decision to sign Cole was probably flawed from the start. He had been released by West Ham, and his best days were behind him.

The fact that he couldn’t play on artificial pitches wouldn’t have helped. It is no surprise that he rarely featured under manager Ronny Deila.

Days of Hoops gambling on players seems to be over

Thankfully the days of Celtic taking gambles on players on the downside of their career seems to be over. The club is putting far more thought into who it buys, and credit for that has to go to Nick Hammond and Neil Lennon.

Carlton Cole’s best days were at West Ham (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Sure, not every signing will work out. However, that does not mean that Hammond is not doing a good job. On the contrary, he is currently doing an excellent job.

Okay, Celtic might look to sign an experienced player – Shane Duffy for example, but he still has plenty to offer the club. He will be one of the most influential players at the club this season. That was not the case with Carlton Cole, unfortunately.

In other news, Darren O’Dea was surprised that Celtic managed to sign Shane Duffy.