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BOSS HAILS ‘AGGRESSIVE’ PATRYK

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NEIL LENNON watched £3.5million Polish striker Patryk Klimala score his first goal for Celtic in the 1-1 draw with Nice in Lyon last night.

And the Hoops boss is convinced there is lot more to come for the 21-year-old frontman who arrived at the champions in January.

Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “The players were really sharp and I was really pleased with that. I was delighted with the performance as I couldn’t have asked for any more.

“It’s great for Klimala to get his goal as you can see he’s worked really hard throughout lockdown. He looks in better shape than ever and we know he’s a work in progress.

“His goal showed what he’s good at, he’s aggressive and determined with his pressing, and he got his reward for that.

“He’s come to us from a totally different style of play where he’s used to chasing things over the top on the counter attack.

“Now he’s come to a team that has a lot of possession so he has to adjust to that. We’ve seen improvement in him in the last few weeks.

“I think he’ll be fine as we go on.

“As he goes on, he’ll be an asset for us, but he’ll need to adapt to the way we play rather than us adapting to him.”

Klimala came on in the second-half when the Hoops gaffer sent out an entirely different line-up and looked lively right from his introduction.

After one start and three substitute appearances last season without a goal, he looks a completely different player.

Klimala has bulked up during the shutdown and was more of a physical presence in the game against the French side.

Lennon is now planning for the match against hosts Lyon tomorrow night and Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital on Tuesday evening.

He started the match against Nice with Odsonne Edouard leading the line in the solitary striker’s role, but he may be tempted to team up the Pole with the Frenchman ro see how they perform in at least one of the two forthcoming challenges.

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