John Hartson has told BBC Sport that he does not believe Patryk Klimala is the finished article, but is confident the Polish star can become a good signing for Celtic after the Hoops paid £3.4million to land the striker.
Klimala, 21, joined Celtic earlier this week to provide cover to Odsonne Edouard with Leigh Griffiths struggling to replicate the form he boasted prior to his half-season break in 2018-19. Vakoun Issouf Bayo seems completely frozen out.
Poland Under-21 international Klimala, who played alongside ex-Celt Cillian Sheridan at Polish side Jagielliona Bialystok, has scored seven goals in 17 appearances this season and is currently in the best form of his short career.
Asked about Celtic’s newest signing, Hoops icon Hartson responded with a somewhat brutally honest response – claiming Klimala has some way to go to become a good signing for Celtic, but he certainly has the potential to do it.
“Klimala is unknown. He looks quick but I’d be lying if I said he’s fantastic,” Hartson said. “It’s a great opportunity for him but I still feel they need a couple more.”
TBR’s view – Can Klimala become a success, even if he is a back-up?
There is no doubt that Edouard remains first choice at Celtic, as the Frenchman continues to shine in front of goal for Neil Lennon’s side. Klimala, though, is likely to offer a plan B and a second option from the bench.
Given his age, first-team football on a regular basis is key for Klimala to help further his development. So, as a back-up striker to Edouard, will Celtic fans see the best of him? The answer remains to be seen, but it hardly looks fruitful for Klimala.