New Celtic recruit Patryk Klimala wants to speak to Maciej Zurawski

By Hamish Carton

January 14, 2020

New Celtic recruit Patryk Klimala has thanked former Hoops forward Maciej Zurawski for his kind words prior to his Parkhead move.

Earlier today, Klimala became Hoops boss Neil Lennon’s first signing of the January window. The 21-year-old joins from Polish top-flight side Jagiellonia and has signed a contract until the middle of 2024.

Former Gordon Strachan favourite Zurawski praised Klimala in an article with the Scottish Sun just last week.

He said: “I have watched Klimala a few times this season and I have been hugely impressed. He is not the finished article yet, but he is a massive talent.”

The club confirmed the signing on their Twitter feed and then posted an article with some early quotes from the frontman where he thanked Zurawski for his kind words.

Celtic forward Patryk Klimala (Photo by Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“I haven’t spoken personally to Maciej Zurawski,” Klimala revealed. “But I read his interview in the press where he said some very nice things about me and said I was making the right choice.

“Hopefully I can have the chance to speak with him to thank him for his kind words.”

Klimala and Zurawski share some real similarities

Speaking to his compatriot may not be the worst idea right now. There are certainly some similarities between the way the duo arrived at the club.

Both came to Glasgow from the Polish league knowing that they wouldn’t be direct first choices. Zurawski had John Hartson ahead of him while Klimala has Odsonne Edouard. But by the same token, both had a great chance to be heroes at the club if they hit the ground running.

Zurawski scores against Rangers (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Klimala would certainly settle for making a similar start to his media admirer in the Hoops. Zurawski struck 20 goals in 27 starts during his first season in Glasgow, but managed just ten more before departing in 2007. (

Celtic’s latest recruit only has half a season to work with but if he could strike ten goals before the end of May, that would be pretty good going.

As with all strikers at Celtic, he will be judged on goals. Very little else matters other than putting the ball in the net. He won’t need to contact Zurawski to find that much out.