Celtic star Callum McGregor has praised Parkhead January signing Patryk Klimala in wake of the Hoops players’ return to Lennoxtown ahead of the 2020-21 season, as quoted by the Daily Record.
The Poland Under-21 striker joined Neil Lennon’s side at the start of the year for a reported £3.5million fee (The Scottish Sun) after seven goals in 18 appearances last season for Polish Ekstraklasa side Jagiellonia Bialystok.
Klimala scored 11 goals in 48 appearances in total for Jagiellonia, having made his debut in July 2018, as well as spending a season on loan at Wigry Suwalki in the 2017-18 season, netting 13 times in 28 games.
The 21-year-old has been acclimatising to a new country and style of football and as such was handed limited game time by Neil Lennon prior to the Scottish Premiership season being called prematurely, with two league appearances and two Scottish Cup outings, and claimed an assist in the 3-0 win over Clyde.
With preparations under way for the 2020-21 season, Celtic have been sharing pictures of their players in training, and Klimala in particular has caught the eye thanks to his shaven head and muscular physique.
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“Patryk has shaved his head a few times, he’s looking like a bouncer! He has come back looking in great condition,” McGregor is quoted by the Daily Record as saying. “He’s obviously been working hard on the physical side during lockdown and he’s returned looking really strong.
“The good thing is he’s still looked really quick in training. It’s important not to lose that half a yard of pace when you are starting to bulk up a bit. But he looks in top condition and raring to go – as are all of the rest of the lads as well.”
With Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths ahead of Klimala in the pecking order, not to mention a need to get used to a different country and style of football, the Polish starlet hasn’t had much of a chance so far at Celtic.
However, Klimala’s physique has caught the eye, testament to a player who has worked incredibly hard over the past few months in spite of current events, and it bodes well for the future if – or more appropriately when – that same drive is taken to the training ground and the pitch.