Video – Patryk Klimala arrives at Celtic Park, Mentor says ‘he’s become one of the best strikers in the Polish leagues’

POLISH PADDY certainly looked pleased to be arriving at Celtic, confirming in perfect English that he’s excited to be here and telling STV that he’ll answer their questions later. He then walked inside the stadium to complete the £3.4million transfer that will change his life completely.

Here’s a picture of Paddy leaving his hotel in Glasgow to make the short journey across the city to Paradise.

And one of him arriving at Glasgow Airport last night…

Meanwhile his former manager and mentor Ireneusz Mamrot has been speaking about Patryk Klimala ahead of him completing his transfer to the Treble Treble winners, League Cup holders and Scottish Premiership leaders.

Mamrot, who was sacked as Jagiellonia Bialystok manager last month, has been credited with revitalising the striker’s career after a loan spell at Wigry Suwalki, following an earlier release from Legia Warsaw, reckons that Celtic are signing a top talent.

“I believed in Patryk and he will be the first to admit that not everyone did believe in him when he was younger. He is a confidence player and you can see that the more goals he scores, the better he becomes. He is growing hugely as a player,” Mamrot stated as reported by Scottish Sun.

“I have never worked as hard on an individual player as I have done with Patryk. But my patience paid off because he’s become one of the best strikers in the Polish leagues.

“His secret is his speed. Many clubs think he is striker who only scores goals, but he makes space for himself and his team mates with his place. He knows he’s not the finished article. He needs to work on his hold-up play and his passing. But the good thing about him is that we have spoken a lot about it and he recognises this and will work hard to improve it.

“If he starts thinking too much about the future, it might affect him. He needs to focus on doing what he has been doing. But he’s very level headed. He knows that in football they praise you one day and bury you the next day. He knows he has to keep working hard to get to the next level.

“The more he improves – which he will – the more the expectation levels will go up with him. But he’s capable of meeting those expectations.

“I wanted him to stay until the end of the season, but that was beyond my control and many clubs were interested in him. But certainly, he has the potential to play for Poland in the future if he continues to improve and I believe he will.”

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