Neil Lennon has confessed he’s not seen his new striker play live yet but he likes what he sees in training.

The Irishman is showing incredible faith in Nicky Hammond who he said scouted the player meticulously before the transfer. It’s not uncommon for managers not to see the players in the flesh until they’re in the door of the football club but it makes this writer feel a little uneasy.

“Patryk’s season has been very good in Poland and his goal record is impressive for one so young.” Lennon told RecordSport.

“What we liked about him was his power and pace, he has that in abundance.

“He has been learning English for the last few months and we liked his attributes when we saw the footage. He really impressed and Nick Hammond and the staff did a lot of due diligence on him and the reports were good.

“I haven’t had a chance to see Patryk live, but we have watched him in the last few days and he seems fine.”

Celtic need a striker who can step up to the mark and help Edouard out when it comes to contributions to the team. Klimala, 21, will be tasked with showing he can raise his game.

It’s a matter of Celtic and Neil Lennon getting the best out of the Pole in the coming weeks and months.

The Celtic manager has already confirmed Patryk will be in the Scottish Cup squad. Read here.

The bhoys will take to the Firhill pitch on Saturday evening hoping to start the defence of their Scottish Cup with a thumping win.


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