FOOTBALL: MY PAL ANDY IS JUST THE TICKET; Cole Will Get Goals for Celts and Briefs for Me

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Byline: By Neil Cameron

CELTIC fan Peter Beardsley last night insisted Andy Cole was the perfect striker to fill Henrik Larsson's boots and urged the Parkhead club to sign his former partner.

The fact Cole would be able to provide his old Newcastle United team-mate with tickets for games was obviously a factor in Beardsley's plea but he was 100 per cent certain Celtic would not regret taking a gamble on him.

Record Sport revealed yester-day that Cole's name has been put forward to Martin O'Neill as a possible signing when it became clear his time at Blackburn Rovers has come to an end.

The 33-year-old hit the heights with Manchester United but it was at St James' Park with Beardsley where he first made English football sit upand take notice.

They formed a deadly double act in the 1993/94 season when Cole hit an incredible 41 goals and was named Young Player of the Year.

Beardsley is acoach at Newcastle these days but always keeps an eye on what is going on at his 'other' team.

He said: 'I've no doubt Andy would be a great success at Parkhead. He's a top player and in fact I would rate him as the best striker I have ever played with.

'He's still a top-notch goalscorer and Celtic would be getting a gem.He is also a great lad.

'I would be looking for a few tickets as well. I think that's only fair after all I've done for him.

'I know as a Celtic fan what the supporters like up there and I can tell you they would take to Andy. …