Pawel Brozek completes Celtic move
The Polish striker has joined Neil Lennon’s side on loan until the end of the season.
Celtic have completed the signing of Pawel Brozek on loan from Turkish side Trabzonspor.
The Parkhead club agreed the short-term deal on Sunday and the striker has now completed a medical and finalised the paperwork. Celtic have the option to buy the player to make the move permanent at the end of his deal.
Brozek had previously been linked with Rangers and Ally McCoist had confirmed an interest in the player.
However, Celtic have been tracking the player for some time and have made the forward their fourth signing of the January transfer window following the capture of Mikael Lustig, Rabiu Ibrahim and Jaroslaw Fojut, the latter on a pre-contract basis.
"I’m very happy because Celtic were very determined to sign me and it didn’t take a long time," Brozek told Celtic's official website.
"I spoke with Lukasz Zaluska and Maciej Zurawski and they said only positive things about the club. So when I heard there was an offer from Celtic I wanted to go straight away.
“They said the fans are fantastic here, the top organisation of the club, and the great name the club has in the world.
"It’s all happened very quickly. It was a really nice surprise because it’s a big club and a big name in Europe."
Neil Lennon has said that the signing can give his side a boost as they pursue three trophies this season.
“He scored a lot of goals in Poland and he will give the squad a jag,” the Celtic manager said.
“I can’t keep relying on Gary Hooper and Stokesy for the goals. If one of them gets injured or suspended, we could be a goalscorer short, and Pawel is a goalscorer.
“His record in Poland is excellent. He’s gone to Trabzonspor and for one reason or another it’s not worked out in terms of the amount of games he’s played.
“It might because they played a different formation but what we do know is that he’s a goalscorer – right-foot, left-foot, and he can head the ball as well.”
Lennon added that the player had a personal motivation to ensure the loan spell is successful, as he targets a place in his nation’s squad for Euro 2012.
“The other good thing about it is that he’s got the European Championships in front of him and he needs to play to stake a claim. It’s in his home country so he will come here very motivated to play and to be successful.
“He’s a bit like Hooper, he’s sharp with good feet, he knows where the goal is and is a bit like Maciej Zurawski when he first came.”
Brozek has 32 caps for Poland, scoring eight times for his country. His club career has seen him play at Wisla Krakow, LKS Lodz, GKS Katowice and Trabzonspor, netting 119 times in 304 career appearances.