Patryk Klimala’s comments after completing a £3.5 million move to Celtic will have the fans excited for the future.
Celtic managed to make their first major move of the January transfer window as they completed the signing of Polish striker, Patryk Klimala, from Jagiellonia Bialystok after activating his £3.5 million release clause. The 21-year-old flew in last night and his arrival was officially announced today after agreeing a four-and-a-half year contract.
The youngster has scored 7 goals in 18 appearances this season and is seen in Poland as Robert Lewandowski’s replacement in the national side. And while he is seen as back-up to Odsonne Edouard, Klimala has always been adamant that he is going to compete for a first team spot. Before making the move, he made it clear that he was not interested in playing second fiddle.
And he doubled down on those comments after signing with The Hoops. As reported by the Daily Mail, Klimala said:
“I understand how massive a club Celtic is, but I feel I’m ready for this now.
“I’m looking forward to playing for a club with such a big history and I know Celtic are a huge club in Europe.
“I want to give fans a lot of happiness and hopefully score a lot of goals for Celtic.”
It is no secret that Celtic have needed a striker for quite some time now. Leigh Griffiths form has fallen off a cliff since his prime, when he was the most feared striker in all of Scotland. Vakoun Issouf Bayo has been a flop since arriving. As a result, Klimala’s signing would take a lot of the pressure off of Odsonne Edouard’s shoulders.
The Frenchman has been brilliant this season again, scoring 16 goals and providing 15 assists in just 31 appearances. And it will take a monumental effort from Klimala to dislodge him from the first-team. The youngster’s attitude must be commended though, if you can’t back yourself, who else will?