PATRYK KLIMALA claimed his first Celtic goal in the 1-1 draw with Nice in France last night – and then promised the Hoops fans: “This is the start!”
The Polish striker, who arrived in a £3.5million deal in January, was rewarded for perseverance against the French club as he chased down a long ball and forced an error from keeper Teddy Boulhendi.
Klimala intercepted a clearance and strolled on to place the ball in the net in the 73rd minute to nullify Kasper Dolberg’s opening goal in the first-half.
The bulked-up frontman came on when Neil Lennon replaced his entire starting line-up just after the hour mark.
The impressive attacker, who had failed to score in four appearances last season, said: “I feel good. I told you in our previous interview that I feel good and I feel ready. I hope that I showed that against Nice and I hope that in the next game against Lyon I can show the same. I’m pleased with my overall performance.
”I’ve waited for my chance, six months. I maybe wasn’t ready in the past, but now I am ready. Against Nice, I got the chance to score and I took it. Hopefully, our manager and my team-mates can be proud of that.
“In terms of tactics, I understand everything at Celtic. In the beginning, it was hard, but now I feel comfortable.
“I’m happy, that’s it. This is the start and, hopefully, there is more to come!”