Neil Lennon has lavished praise on new Bhoy Patryk Klimala as the Polish striker has worked hard during their pre-season and even managed to score his first competitive goal in the Hoops against Hamilton Accies at the weekend.
The Scottish Champions kicked off their season in style at the weekend as Lennon and the Bhoys thrashed Hamilton Accies 5-1 with Klimala contributing with a goal within 10 minutes of being introduced to the game.
The Polish striker was signed by Lennon last January but wasn’t really in with a shot as Edouard and Griffiths were on hot form at the time, unfortunately the pandemic hit the world and football had to be stopped and Klimala along with the rest of the team went into lockdown.
“You can see that he’s bulked up and is taking on board what he needs to do.” Lennon told the Celtic View.
“He’s so hungry. And, do you know what, while it’s a great run and he’s done brilliantly to hold the defender off, it’s a great finish. He takes it early and catches the goalkeeper by surprise. By doing so, he totally outwits the goalkeeper and it’s a top-class finish from a difficult angle.
“He can be absolutely delighted with that. We are! And again, that’s testament to the work he’s been doing over the break and into pre-season until now. He’s hungry, he knows what he needs to and wants to improve on.”
The striker used this to his advantage and continued to train at home and even bulked up slightly to compete with the physical aspect of Scottish football.
The time came and the club announced that the squad could return to training, also Celtic were invited to a pre-season tournament in France that would prove to be a gift to Klimala as he had gotten the nod to go while Griffiths was left behind.
This would be pivotal to the striker as it was during this tournament he showed the Celtic fans and most importantly to the gaffer he could be an asset to the club going forward.
From what the fans have seen so far, Klimala could really be a dark horse this season and explode on to the scene with a welcomed run of good form in such an important season.