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WAKEY, WAKEY: KLIMALA’S RALLYING CALL

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PATRYK KLIMALA insists he will be awake to the challenges of being a Celtic player in the new season.

The 21-year-old Polish striker arrived in a £3.5million switch in January and is still waiting for his first goal after four appearances, three as substitute.

Klimala has returned to open-air training at Lennoxtown and has obviously been working on his upperbody strength during the lockdown due to the Coronavirus panedemic.

The new Bhoy, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “At the beginning when I signed, I was tired because I didn’t have a pre-season.

“When I came here, I knew it would be a hard six months for me – and it was. I had only two training sessions before joining Celtic, so it was hard.

“But I made up for it over the lockdown and now I’m ready. The staff gave me individual programmes which I followed.

“I made up for everything I missed, so, hopefully, everything will be good now.

“I didn’t get to properly know everyone when I first signed because I only had a month or so with the team before lockdown.

“I’m starting to get to know the team better now and I feel really happy and more settled.

“My fiancée and I really like Glasgow as a city. And now, hopefully, I can start playing regularly for the team.

“My aim next season is to play and score goals. But the priority is to help the team win 10 in a row.

“European football has always been my ambition, too, and this is what I’ve always really wanted.

“Now I am looking to show my quality and, hopefully, this season we will go on to qualify for the Champions League.”

Neil Lennon brought in the forward to offer competition to Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths, but the youngster had to be patient as the front two sparked as the Hoops raced towards their ninth successive title.

Celtic’s last game before the curtain came down early was a March 7 encounter against St Mirren at Parkhead where they pummelled the Paisley outfit 5-0.

Griffiths fired in a hat-trick while Edouard added another.

Now it’s Klimala’s task to gatecrash Lennon’s plans as the Hoops gaffer prepares for the Premiership’s scheduled start on August 1.

 
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