Callum McGregor is feeling good about Celtic's strike force

By John McGinley

January 21, 2020

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has been impressed by what he’s seen from new signing Patryk Klimala after a first week of training at Lennoxtown, The Herald report.

The Polish U21 striker became Neil Lennon’s first recruit of the January transfer window last Tuesday and has been quickly added to the first-team squad.

After training with his new teammates he was included in Saturday’s matchday 18 for the Scottish Cup tie against Partick Thistle, coming off the bench for the final ten minutes.

McGregor thinks the addition of Klimala, coupled with a return for Leigh Griffiths, could add significant goal threat to the team over the next few months, taking the burden off of Odsonne Edouard.

As quoted by The Herald, he said: “At a club like this, you need someone at the top end of the pitch who’ll score the goals.

“Odsonne has had to shoulder that responsibility for us for most of this season and you need to remember that he’s still a young guy.

“However, if Leigh is back and scoring goals – and Patryk has looked impressive from what we’ve seen of him – that should help us spread the goals around because you need options up front.”

Competition will hopefully be fierce

If we can have three forwards training and playing well over the next few months then it’s going to add a serious shot in the arm to our quest for trophies.

With Lennon believing Vakoun Bayo is also closing in on a return then there should be real hope that we can pick and choose our moments to unleash Edouard for maximum effect.

The Frenchman, with 16 goals and 15 assists in all competitions this season, remains our most threatening player by far.

Odsonne Edouard against Lazio / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As McGregor mentions, we have sometimes been overreliant on his talent this term.

January is an opportunity for Lennon and his recruitment staff to keep the team fresh and firing. The addition of Klimala should ensure that’s the case in attack.

Now for the other positions in need of the strengthening.