The Celtic supporters are fully appreciative of Patryk Klimala’s resilience after his superb goal in Perth today.
Emotions were running high at McDiarmid Park this afternoon after Leigh Griffiths had fired the Hoops in front. And with the hosts pushing for a quick response before full-time, Klimala showed all of his traits to wrap the game up.
After collecting a ball from Hatem Elhamed, the Polish youngster took a crunching challenge from Liam Gordon. However, incredibly, Klimala immediately sprung up and smashed home a fantastic finish to ensure Celtic took the spoils with a 2-0 success.
It was a moment that’s likely to go under the radar after Griffiths’ heroics just minutes earlier. But the Celtic supporters have still been giving him plenty of praise on Twitter for his tenacity:
— 🇫🇷 𝙁𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙝 𝙀𝙙𝙬á𝙧𝙙 🇫🇷 (@FrenchEdward22) October 4, 2020
Klimala showing what he's all about. Try and bully him, he'll get right back up and smash it in the net. Love the guy.
— C. J. Flynn ❄️ (@eightsixonesix) October 4, 2020
That was top class from Klimala,he got absolutely smashed but still got up and smashed it into the net,yer man Walsh wasn't giving a foul for it 😂😂😂😂
— Michael Mccorriston* (@mickmccorriston) October 4, 2020
Great to get Griffiths back and great goal. Klimala well done big man excellent to get up after that tackle and score a cracking goal 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— shaw 88 (@G88shaw) October 4, 2020
Klimala’s goal was outstanding. The bhoy wants it a lot more than some others in the squad, will be an important player for us this season.
— Quintuple treble. (@celticminded1) October 4, 2020
Klimala wiped out n never even hit ground🤣🤣🤣
Think some need to look at him for pointers ,attitude wise
— Dom1983 (@dommclaughlin83) October 4, 2020
Way he finished after being hawffed only adds to the cult status of Paddy Klimala. 💪
— kevin mackin (@kevinjmackin) October 4, 2020
The effort from Klimala at that goal is exactly the kind of grit we've been missing.
The boys very rough around the edges but the sheer effort is commendable.
— Grug Feeney (@12Feeney) October 4, 2020
I said on Thursday night how much I like Klimala as a player. His goal today is exactly what I was talking about. He’s not the most composed and assured type, but he gives it everything he’s got and that’s the reward you get for it.
— Daniel O'Connell 🇮🇪+🏴=🍀 (@DanielOConnel18) October 4, 2020
Klimala continues to remind Lennon of his worth
As much as many of us rate Klimala, there’s no denying that what really catches people’s eye – including the manager – is getting on the scoresheet. Previous to this afternoon’s game, the Pole had been given four previous run-outs that he failed to net in. His strike today will come as a relief.
Yet even though his goal was only Klimala’s third of the season, it’s clear he adds something different to this Celtic front-line. After another grafting display on Thursday from the bench in Sarajevo, he continues to be a valuable asset to have in the matchday squad.
It’s a stretch to say he’ll be given a lot of game-time when Rangers visit Parkhead in two weeks’ time. However, even now you can see the improvement in Klimala compared to last season, and perhaps even the start of the season.
The important thing for Neil Lennon of course is that all four of his strikers are making a contribution. Whilst Odsonne Edouard’s form can be questioned, the Frenchman still managed to score the winner in Sarajevo on Thursday. All of them have made a positive impact to kick-start the season.
That bodes extremely well for what’s going to be a mammoth fixture list between now and the end of 2020. Klimala, just like any of his strike rivals, will fancy playing a big part in many of them.