Celtic’s veteran striker Carlton Cole has revealed his appreciation and gratitude to his new club’s supporters for his welcome to the team, however the former-West Ham man has admitted that he does not yet feel worthy of a chant at Celtic Park.

Cole has made just four competitive appearances for Celtic so far this campaign since joining on a free transfer, but started his first game for the Scottish champions only last Sunday against Stranraer in the Scottish Cup, where he bagged his first and only goal for his new club so far.

As quoted by the Daily Mail, he said:

I don’t think I deserve it (the chant). I need to start scoring a few goals before they start singing my name.

The 32-year-old enjoyed two fairly successful spells at former club West Ham as he adopted a new chant to the tune of Spandau Ballet’s song ‘Gold’, as the faithful at Upton Park widely received the powerful forward.

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However, after the loyal supporters of his new club Celtic have taken it upon themselves to use the same chant for the former England international.

They only sing it because it’s a catchy song, innit? The West Ham faithful used to sing it for me but it was Joe Cole’s song originally. I adopted it. When Joe came back to West Ham they didn’t know whether to sing it for him or for me. You know what the internet’s like.

However, despite not feeling worthy of a chant from fans as of yet, Cole has admitted his delight at the appreciation from the supporters of the club.

Someone has picked up on the fact that West Ham fans used to sing it and it’s great to have the Celtic faithful sing my name. I didn’t know what to expect from them.