Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish believes the transfer of Patryk Klimala is exactly the kind of move that the Hoops need to help stave off the threat of Rangers, writing in his Sunday Post column.
Odsonne Edouard has had to carry the Hoops attack for large parts of the season with last January’s buy Vakoun Bayo struggling with fitness and form and Leigh Griffiths only scoring his first goal since August yesterday.
Bringing in a striker was a clear priority for Neil Lennon and his recruitment team.
Dalglish knows a thing or two about succeeding as an attacker at Celtic Park and is feeling optimistic about what the new Bhoy, who joined for a reported £3.5m (Scottish Sun), can achieve over the next few months.
As quoted by The Sunday Post, he said: “I’ll be interested to see how the Leigh Griffiths situation unfolds at Celtic over the final days of the transfer window. On paper, it looks as though he may have slipped down the pecking order after the arrival of Patryk Klimala.
“The early indications are that the Poland Under-21 striker has quite a bit about him, and there is genuine optimism about what he will help Celtic achieve in the next six months and beyond.
“By all accounts, Klimala will push Odsonne Edouard and is regarded as an able deputy for the talented French striker. That’s exactly what the Hoops needed in this window as they attempt to hold off Rangers to win nine-in-a-row.”
A fleeting debut
Obviously not much can be determined about Klimala’s ability from his debut in Celtic colours. He only took to the pitch for the final 11 minutes of Saturday evening’s Scottish Cup clash against Partick Thistle.
However, that fact that Lennon felt he was ready for inclusion in the match squad is a positive enough sign that we won’t have to be waiting long for a more extended look at what he has to offer.
As Dalglish mentions, he appears to be a signing designed to improve competition in the first-team, rather than be a player who only has something to offer in future seasons.
With a busy schedule on the horizon in three competitions, we need as much depth as possible to compete at every level, with the capture of that ninth successive league title especially important.
Hopefully he lives up to his promise and adds a new dimension to Lennon’s attack.