Carlton Cole insists he is working tirelessly to get back to full fitness and help Celtic for the rest of the season.
The 32-year-old, who was released by West Ham United during the summer, signed a two-year deal with the Scottish champions last month after impressing whilst on trial.
However, the Englishman has been hampered by a calf injury he picked up when trying to secure a contract and a senior appearance is yet to be made.
Cole is making positive strides in his recovery and the striker recently featured in a 4-1 behind closed-doors win against Livingston last week.
The Bhoys are currently top of the table after winning 11 of their 14 matches and the club have recorded five consecutive victories to open up a six point gap.
Ronny Deila’s men have not struggled to find the back of the net this term, having notched up 38 goals in the league, but the manager felt bringing in another attacking option was the right decision.
Cole is itching to make his debut for the club and the ex-Chelsea player says the recovery process is going well at the moment.
“Getting back up to speed is not easy but with a good amount of dedication, graft and hard work I’ll be back to normal very soon,” he said. “The job’s not done but I should be flying soon.”
Celtic return to league action with a home clash against Kilmarnock on Saturday and the hosts, who could have Cole included in the squad, are 1.13 favourites to clinch all three points, a draw is a 7.50 shot while the visitors are big outsiders at 17.00.