Celtic manager Neil Lennon has hailed the progress of striker Patryk Klimala after his first competitive goal for the club on Sunday against Hamilton, The Celtic View reports (05/08 print edition, page 6).
The Polish forward arrived at the club in January but his progress in the second half of last term was slow, with the season eventually called early.
It left Klimala with everything to prove over the summer and in pre-season.
Competing with Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Bayo for that slot in support of Odsonne Edouard, the youngster has really kicked up his training work and now looks set to have an impressive season in the hoops.
Lennon has certainly been impressed with his hunger, suggesting he is now set to get more first-team opportunities over the coming weeks.
The striker also caught the eye of his boss with that classy goal at the weekend.
As quoted by The Celtic View (05/08 print edition, page 6), the manager said: “You can see he has bulked up and is taking on board what he needs to. He’s so hungry.
“And, do you know what? While it’s a great run and he’s done brilliantly to hold the defender off, it’s a great finish. He takes it early and catches the goalkeeper by surprise. By doing so, he totally outwits the goalkeeper and it’s a top-class finish from a difficult angle.
“He can be absolutely delighted with that. We are! And again, that’s testament to the work he’s been doing over the break and into pre-season until now.”
With Edouard netting a hat-trick at the weekend, Klimala isn’t going to be ousting the Frenchman anytime soon in a full-strength Celtic XI but he can certainly be happy with the work he’s doing at the club right now.
He is firmly installed as the number two pick behind the Frenchman and unless Griffiths makes a comeback or a new striker arrives at the club, that’ll be the case for the majority of the season.
Klimala has a great opportunity to deliver a decent goal tally this season and show he has a bright future in Glasgow.