By Alex Stevens

Celtic striker Carlton Cole is leaving the club just months after he joined, it was announced on Thursday morning.

The former England international, 32, has quit Parkhead even though he has 12 months remaining on the deal he signed last October.

Celtic revealed on their official website on Thursday that Cole’s brief spell at Parkhead is over.

“Celtic today confirmed that Carlton Cole is leaving the club,” a brief statement read. “Everyone at Celtic would sincerely like to wish Carlton the very best of success for the future.”

This comes just days after another experienced, much travelled striker, Colin Kazim-Richards, also left Celtic after securing a shock move to Brazilian club Coritiba.

The experienced pair have failed to make an impact since joining Celtic in the middle of the recently completed domestic season.

Turkey international Kazim-Richards scored just two goals in 13 appearances, while Cole netted just once in five matches for the Scottish giants.

Former England international Cole did not have a club when he signed for Celtic last October until the summer of 2017.

He is not regarded as part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans and is now set for yet another transfer in his career.

In other Celtic news, the Scottish club face rival interest from Arsenal for midfielder Tom Rogic.