POLISH striker Pawel Brozek was brought to Celtic on loan from Turkish outfit Trabzonspor in January 2012.

He returned to his parent club four months later after firing blanks in only three appearances for the Hoops.

Brozek made just one start for the club in a league encounter against Motherwell at Fir Park on April 22, but, with the game locked in a scoreless stalemate, he was replaced on the hour mark by top prospect Tony Watt.

The teenager fired the visitors into the lead in the 62rd minute, added a second and Cha Du-Ri headed in a third near the end.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H…0n-loan Polish striker Pawel Brozek attempts to reach a cross against Motherwell at Fir Park in April 2012, his only start for Celtic.

It was bad news for Brozek as Neil Lennon decided to give first-team chances to Watt while the experienced international, who hit nine goals in 38 appearances for his country, faded from the picture.

Originally, the Hoops boss was delighted with the signing and said: “He has scored a lot of goals in Poland and he will give the squad a jag.

“I can’t keep relying on Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes for goals. If one of them gets injured or suspended, we could be a goalscorer short – and Pawel is a goalscorer.”

Those words did not turn out to be prophetic and Brozek was not a happy individual as he left the club on May 11, claiming he had been let down by the Irishman.

He moaned: “Things did not work out for me as planned. The facts are there that Neil Lennon promised me something and then another thing happened afterwards.

“I did not get many opportunities from him and I was left dry of games.”

Brozek joined Spanish second-tie club Recreativo de Heulva three months after packing his bags at Parkhead, but after only three goals in 18 league games he was on the move again.

In July 2013, the misfiring marksman joined Wisla Krakow in his homeland where he remained until he quit playing at the end of the 2019/20 season at the age of 37.

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