Since the squad has returned to training, there is one player who has stood out to some more than others and that isn’t just because of his new look.
That man is January signing Patryk Klimala. Looking at recent photos and hearing comments from his fellow team-mates, it looks as if the Polish striker has went away, and worked extremely hard, bulking up whilst also working on his fitness.
Speaking to the Celtic website, Klimala spoke about how his training over the last few months has helped him compete with his Celtic team-mates.
“I worked hard during quarantine and so hopefully I am ready. Now, we’re in Lyon and tomorrow we have our first friendly game. We’ll see how it goes.
It was a simple decision for me to go to the gym during lockdown. When I was on the pitch with, say, Chris Jullien, for example, it was really hard. I didn’t have any chance – that’s why I wanted to bulk up and I think that it’s better for me. I feel better and hopefully the guys think the same.”
Klimala also spoke about his first six months at the club and the relationships he has formed over that time.
“I feel comfortable now. I know what Odsonne did last season, but I will work hard and hopefully I’m given a chance to show some more. I spoke to John Kennedy and I know what I have to do, why I’m here, and we will see.
We are Celtic. We have to, and can, win every game. It’s only a friendly tomorrow, but we have to prove to ourselves and the manager who is the best moving forward into the new season.”
The striker joined the club back in the January and struggled to get much game time over the next few months. To be fair to him though, Neil Lennon didn’t really have much choice due to the superb form of Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths.
Many reports have stated that Klimala has looked very impressive in training so far. So hopefully we can see a new side to him this season and add to the number of options Neil Lennon has at his disposal.