Celtic’s latest acquisition, Maik Nawrocki, is brimming with anticipation to experience the noise from Celtic fans. The Polish defender moved from Legia Warsaw to Celtic, becoming Celti’c FIFTH summer signing. Nawrocki claims that while this is a leap in quality, the expectations remain the same.

Nawrocki follows in the footsteps of Josip Juranovic, his former teammate at Legia Warsaw. The two shared a changing room for a brief three weeks before Juranovic made his journey to Celtic. Before Juranovic, Artur Boruc, Dariusz Wdowczyk, and Dariusz Dziekanowski had also made the same journey to Celtic.

Nawrocki is no stranger to the pressure of weekly victories from his time in Poland’s capital. However, the allure of Champions League football was a significant factor in his decision to join Celtic.

Nawrocki shared his initial impressions with SunSport “The enormity of the stadium took me by surprise. It’s calm now, but I’m looking forward to hearing the deafening cheers.” He further recalled a quote from Toni Kroos, who described Celtic Park as the loudest stadium he had ever visited. He said: “When I came I was shocked how big the stadium is. It’s all quiet now but I hope to hear it loud.

“I saw the famous quote from Toni Kroos when he said it was the loudest place that he ever was. I remembered that.

Soccer Football – Champions League – Real Madrid Training – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Britain – September 5, 2022 Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos during training Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

Nawrocki is eager to experience the thrill of Champions League nights at Celtic Park, but he also emphasises the importance of the domestic league: The nights here at Celtic Park in the Uefa Champions League will be amazing. But it’s not only about that – it’s about the league as well.”

Having played for Legia, which Nawrocki considers the premier club in Poland, he believes he has now joined its Scottish equivalent. He expressed, “Coming from Legia, a club with immense pressure, I feel more excitement than pressure here. The expectation to win is high, but it’s slightly more intense here due to the Champions League.”

Nawrocki views this move as a crucial step in his career progression and believes Celtic is the ideal place for it. He spoke highly of Brendan Rodgers, Celtic’s coach, acknowledging him as a legend in Great Britain. “He welcomed me with a call yesterday, and we plan to have a more detailed conversation tomorrow,” Nawrocki added.

Nawrocki, who is one of the five new faces at Celtic this summer, was introduced alongside Korean players Yang Hyun-jun and Kwon Hyeon-kyu at Lennoxtown. He is expected to make his Celtic debut in the upcoming friendly against Wolves at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin this Saturday.


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