A former opponent of new Celtic signing Patryk Klimala, Tom Hateley, thinks his move to Scottish champions will suit the striker, The Scottish Sun report.

Former Motherwell star Hateley, who is the son of Rangers legend Mark, currently plays in Poland with Piast Gliwice after spells at Slask Wroclaw and Dundee.

He came up against Klimala in a November league match and recalls his manager specifically pointing Klimala out as a danger man prior to the fixture.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the 30-year-old said: “Before we play specific teams we always discuss their key players. When we played Jagiellonia, Klimala was one of the ones who was highlighted.

“The coach continually stressed to the defenders to get touch tight with him, not to let him turn and go in behind. In fairness, the boys at the back did a really good job that day.


“They restricted his opportunities and he had a pretty quiet game, but you could see he’s quick, he’s direct and he’s a decent finisher.”

Then, after explaining that the player appears to have the personality to succeed in Scottish football, the former Motherwell man stated: “From what I’ve seen he’s pretty clinical and looks a good finisher, so a move to a club like Celtic, who are at the top of the league, should suit him.”

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Celtic fans largely in the dark on this one

Klimala was not a name known to Celtic supporters prior to our reported interest so any information we can glean from former teammates or opponents, especially those who have knowledge of Scottish football, is valuable.

Hateley has spent five seasons playing in Scotland and obviously knows a bit about going up against forwards at Celtic.

New Celtic signing Patryk Klimala

New Celtic signing Patryk Klimala (L) / (Photo by Joachim Sielski/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Polish U21 international has netted seven league goals in 17 appearances so far this season and there’ll be an expectation he is ready to come in and start performing immediately, despite being young.

The striker last played on 15th December so he might need a bit of work to get up to full fitness, but with a Scottish Cup game against lower league opposition looming, could we see him come off the bench against Partick Thistle?

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