PATRYK KLIMALA admits he is reaching for the top at Celtic.

The £3.5million Polish stiker arrived in the January transfer window, but failed to spark in his four appearances – three as substitute – and didn’t get on the scoresheet.

However, new-look Klimala, who has bulked up during his four-month lockdown, has hit the ground running in the new campaign and claimed his first competitive goal for the Hoops with a sweet strike to bring down the curtain on last week’s 5-1 Premiershiip Flag Day victory over Hamiltn Accies at Parkhead.

The energetic 22-year-old attacker hopes to figure against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park this afternoon as Neil Lennon’s men seek twhree more points in their historic quest for 10 in a row.

Odsonne Edouard had already netted a neat hat-trick before making way for Klimala against Brian Rice’s visitors and the new Bhoy admitted he is already a fan of the elegant Frenchman.

HOOP HOOP HOORAY…Patryk Klimala salutes his first goal for Celtic in the 5-1 win over Hamilton Accies.

The seven times-capped Polish Under-21 international, speaking to the Sunday Mail, said: “I watch Odsonne and I like to see how he plays. We can work together, of course.

“I learn a lot from him and if we play with two strikers we can score a lot of goals.

“Odsonne plays more with his back to goal. I can do that, too, but we can’t both play with our backs to goal if there are two strikers.

“One will have to go behind and if we play with two I will be the one to go behind. We need to be able to change it.

“I can play wherever you want. At the beginning, I played only behind the defenders, but now my manager and team-mates have helped me to adapt.

“We have a lot of small games and I don’t have many chances to play behind defenders. That was difficult for me, but now I feel I play better with my back to goal.

“At the beginning, before quarantine, I didn’t have time to make good relationships with my team-mates and because I couldn’t speak English so well.

“Now I speak the language not bad and I think I have good relationships. I can speak normally in English about everything.”

OOPS…Patryk Klimala sees a shot blocked in last season’s 3-0 Scottish Cup victory over Clyde at Broadwood.

Klimala continued: “Odsonne is a good player. That’s why I didn’t play for longer last week. He scored three goals and if I had scored three goals I would want to stay out on the pitch.

“I totally understand why I only played for a few minutes. He is a good guy and has scored a lot of goals. That’s it.

“I waited for my chance. I thought I would play more, but I am calm and waited for a long time in the league. But I played for a few minutes, I scored a goal and I am happy.

“I would be happy if the manager played two up front, but it’s difficult just now with Griff injured, but in the future it’s possible and I would be happy.

“After the game, the manager told me: ‘Good job, well done!’ It’s one goal, it’s not 28 goals! I have only played a few minutes and it’s a little achievement. It’s nothing special.

“I never make any targets before the season because football is very quick to change. But I want to play every week and score a lot of goals. I suppose that’s my target.”

Klimala revealed he is also enjoying life away from Parkhead as he settles into his new home.

He added: “I like Glasgow. You have really nice views. I like life here. The weather doesn’t matter, sometimes you have sun and sometimes you have rain.

“Me and my fiancee often walk in the hills. We don’t have these sorts of hills in Poland.

“I like to go there and just chill. We go walking with our dog.”

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