New Celtic signing Patryk Klimala has touched on the hectic 24-hour process he’s had to endure to become a Parkhead player.
The Bhoys announced their first signing of the January transfer window earlier on today. Klimala arrives and instantly adds some depth to the one position we desperately needed it.
For supporters, the deal was hardly a saga. Celtic were first reported to be interested in the Poland under-21 internationalist just under a week ago (Scottish Sun). Fast forward six days and Neil Lennon has managed to bag his man.
However, speaking in his first club interview on Celtic TV via an interpreter, Klimala touched on the “intense” 24 hours he’s had.
“The last 24 hours were intense. I was waiting for the decision to be finalised so I could finally come here and meet everyone.
“I had the chance to see the stadium and I felt the atmosphere. It was amazing so I’m looking forward to playing here in front of the fans. I’m very happy that everything is finished now and looking good.
“It’s a big moment for me and I’m very excited. I’m very happy to be here at such a massive club.”
Signed, sealed, delivered
It’s a great feeling to have our first signing of the window in the door before the competitive action gets back underway. It’ll hopefully allow Klimala the chance to integrate himself into the first-team squad before some of our tougher fixtures in the coming months.
Regardless of the reservations some have about the new man, it’s vital we put that aside. He’s been signed, and therefore he has to be supported from here on in.
One of the most helpful tools for a new player when settling in is to feel the love of the fans. Celtic supporters are up there with the best in the world for that. Therefore, for a youngster like Klimala, who moves abroad for the first time, it’s important we show our affection.
Klimala is available to play in all competitions for Celtic between now and the end of the season. He’s free to take part in our Scottish Cup campaign, which kicks off against Partick Thistle on Saturday night.
UEFA regulations also state that the new man will be free to play in the Europa League too. Should Neil Lennon select him, he could be one of three additions to our European squad for the latter stages (UEFA, Page 41).
It’s all systems go for Klimala. After a hectic last day or two, his main goal now is to get used to his treble-treble winning team-mates.