Celtic manager Neil Lennon has hailed Patryk Klimala after coming back from international duty and netting against Ross County.
The Hoops boss threw the Polish striker on as the second half wore on in Dingwall, and Celtic cruised ended up cruising to a 5-0 victory which keeps them six points behind Rangers with two games in-hand.
Lennon had long been saying before the recent international break that Klimala hadn’t been match-fit. After failing to select the Pole against Ferencvaros and Motherwell despite having no other fit strikers, eyebrows were raised as to whether the manager actually rates him.
However, speaking in comments published by the Scottish Sun post-match, Lennon was clearly delighted with the youngster.
“Klimala looked great. You can see the hunger he’s got in him, the power.
“I said to Patryk not to worry about his miss – I probably wouldn’t have scored it either!
“Again, he’s another one who needs to polish off a few rough edges. But since he’s come back I’ve been really pleased with him.”
Klimala continues to impress when given his chance
This was another confidence-boosting appearance for Klimala, and not only because he managed to score either.
The former Jagiellonia Bialystok striker once again consistently got himself into terrific goalscoring positions.
There was one in particular that Odsonne Edouard squared to him only for a County defender to somehow scramble it off the line. However, the timing of Klimala’s run for that opportunity was perfect.
Yes, he has a tendency to miss some good opportunities. All strikers do. But it’s the really top class ones who keep coming back for more and getting themselves into goalscoring positions. Klimala does that constantly.
That’s now two goals in six appearances for the centre forward this season after he notched one on opening-day against Hamilton.
He’s also come a good way since before the international break too. After out recent 3-0 home win against Motherwell, Lennon said the following in the Scottish Sun: “Patryk did 45 minutes and did well, but he was really blowing towards the end. Like I said ad nauseum, they are not fully-fit (Klimala and Albian Ajeti).”
Well there was no blowing at the end yesterday, and he’s clearly ready for more action now. All eyes are now on whether he gets another runout at St Mirren in midweek.