MOHAMED ELYOUNOUSSI is anticipating big things from bulked-up Celtic striker Patryk Klimala this season.

The Polish hitman, who arrived in a £3.5million switch in January, scored his first goal for the club in the 1-1 draw with Nice on Thursday night.

And Neil Lennon is expected to start with Klimala in this evening’s encounter against hosts Lyon in the second of their three-game tour of France before their trip to the capital for the meeting with Paris Saint-Germain.

Elyounoussi, who has agreed a second loan move from Southampton, has been impressed by the desire and hunger to succeed of the 21-year-old attacker, who started only one game last season – the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Clyde – and made three appearances as a substitute.

The Norwegian international star, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Patryk looks impressive. It’s clear he’s worked hard during the break and he’s gained a few kilos.

“Patryk looks strong and sharp. He’s a very hard-working striker. You could see it the other night.

“I wasn’t surprised he scored that type of goal because he’s been working really hard in training.

“I’m sure we will be seeing a lot of him this season.”

With Leigh Griffiths left at home to work on his fitness at Lennoxtown after returning from lockdown overweight, Klimala is now being touted as the more likely partner for Odsonne Edouard as the Hoops push for the historic tenth title in a row.

Elyounoussi added: “That is a question for the gaffer, but he looks good. He needed some time to adapt, but he now looks ready.”

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