Celtic striker Patryk Klimala is determined to try and make an impact at the Hoops over the coming season after a summer bulk-up and a heart-to-heart with John Kennedy.
Speaking to CelticFC.net ahead of the club’s first match in more than four months, against Nice in Lyon on Thursday, Klimala has opened up about why he decided to add more bulk to his frame between seasons.
He shared earlier this month that he’s put on 3.5kg of muscle.
The forward came to the realisation it was needed after seemingly bouncing off giant defender Christopher Jullien in training.
As quoted by the official club website, Klimala explained: “I worked hard during quarantine and so hopefully I am ready. Now, we’re in Lyon and tomorrow we have our first friendly game. We’ll see how it goes.
“It was a simple decision for me to go to the gym during lockdown. When I was on the pitch with, say, Chris Jullien, for example, it was really hard. I didn’t have any chance – that’s why I wanted to bulk up and I think that it’s better for me. I feel better and hopefully the guys think the same.
“I feel comfortable now. I know what Odsonne did last season, but I will work hard and hopefully I’m given a chance to show some more. I spoke to John Kennedy and I know what I have to do, why I’m here, and we will see.
“We are Celtic. We have to, and can, win every game.”
Prior to his move to Glasgow, Klimala scored 11 goals in 50 appearances for Jagiellonia Bialystok, emerging as one of the brightest striking prospects in Poland.
He’s won five caps for his country’s U21 side, scoring two goals.
The hope will be he is now ready to take that next step up in his career and become a hit at Celtic Park.
The 21-year-old may not have proven himself yet but it sounds like he’s done everything he could’ve in the break between seasons.
That’s exciting and hopefully we see the fruits of his labour over the next few friendly matches and in the opening stages of the season next month.