PATRYK KLIMALA and Ismaila Soro are hoping to become overnight sensations – after joining Celtic in January.

Last season, the £3.5million Polish striker made one start and three substitute appearances and the £2million Ivorian midfielder didn’t even get on the field.

Neil Lennon is convinced it will be a different story this time around with his turn-of-the-year arrivals both putting in impressive displays when they came on in the 1-1 draw with Nice in Lyon last night.

Klimala scored the leveller after some hard graft and never-say-die spirit and Soro took over the holding role from skipper Scott Brown.

Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Patryk got what he deserved. He’s a work in progress, it’s a different style of football to what he’s used to in Poland, different culture, but his attitude was brilliant.

“And he’s really hungry to do well and over the piece he will contribute really well.

“I’m pleased with Soro’s improvement, as well, and the rest of the core group.

“We want to have good back-up, we want to have people banging on the door to get in. It’s not exactly competition, but what I want is me to have the ability to go, ‘right, you’re in today’ and it’s a seamless transition.

“That’s what we’re aiming for and we’re looking to bring a few more players in as we go along, but, like I said, I was happy with the squad in the main and getting Moi (Mohamed Elyounoussi) over the line is a great bit of business from us again.

“There’s continuity there as we move forward, but the core group I’m very pleased with.”


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