Patryk Klimala ready for challenge after sealing Celtic switch

Patryk Klimala insists he is ready for the challenge at Celtic after clinching his Parkhead move.

The Poland Under-21 striker has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year contract after the Hoops agreed a reported £3.5million fee with Jagiellonia Bialystok.

Celtic were alerted to the 21-year-old’s potential after seeing him hit seven goals in 17 Polish top-flight league appearances for his former side this season.

Klimala flew into Glasgow late on Sunday night to put the finishing touches on his move before undergoing a medical.

He will now meet up with Neil Lennon’s squad for the first time on Wednesday ahead of his official unveiling and could make his debut in Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup clash away to Partick Thistle.

Klimala told the Celtic website: “It’s a big moment for me and I’m very excited. I’m very happy to be here at such a massive club.

“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.”

Klimala started his career with his local club Lechia Dzierzoniow but an unhappy spell at Legia Warsaw’s academy ended with him being released.

However, he proved his potential after moving to Bialystok and the 21-year-old insists he is ready to fight Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths for a starting slot in Lennon’s line-up.

“I understand how massive a club Celtic is, but I feel I’m ready for this now,” said Klimala. “I’m looking forward to playing for a club with such a big history and I know Celtic are a huge club in Europe.

“I want to give fans a lot of happiness and hopefully score a lot of goals for Celtic.”

More on this topic

Dream Dortmund debut for hat-trick hero HaalandDream Dortmund debut for hat-trick hero Haaland

Dip in fortunes left Duffy re-thinking his future Dip in fortunes left Duffy re-thinking his future

Limerick can apply for First DivisionLimerick can apply for First Division

Ireland can’t use Aviva for friendliesIreland can’t use Aviva for friendlies

More in this Section

Norwich scrape win as VAR monitor is used for first time in Premier LeagueNorwich scrape win as VAR monitor is used for first time in Premier League

Fernandinho’s last gasp own goal sees Crystal Palace claim drawFernandinho’s last gasp own goal sees Crystal Palace claim draw

Brighton held as Grealish plays the Villa-inBrighton held as Grealish plays the Villa-in

John Fleck nets late equaliser as Blades hold GunnersJohn Fleck nets late equaliser as Blades hold Gunners


Lifestyle

The actor knows how to impress when it comes to high profile events.6 times Katie Holmes wowed on the red carpet

Glamour, fun and feathers all feature in this year’s hottest looks – but first and foremost, individual style rules.10 on-trend ways to transform your home in 2020

Abi Jackson shares the enduring appeal of Pooh Bear’s wisdom on Winnie-the-Pooh Day – author A.A. Milne’s birthday.Winnie-the-Pooh Day: The wellbeing lessons we can learn from Pooh Bear

We asked three experts for the low-down on shampooing frequency.How often should you really wash your hair?

More From The Irish Examiner