Brozek: I’ll be as big as Boruc!

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PAWEL BROZEK will use Hoops hero Ar­tur Boruc as his role model as he seeks to be­come the next big Pol­ish per­son­al­ity at Celtic.

The 28-year-old striker joined the Hoops on loan from Turk­ish club Trab­zon­spor un­til the end of the sea­son, with the Park­head men hav­ing the op­tion to make the move per­ma­nent. Brozek is aware of just how pop­u­lar his colour­ful in­ter­na­tional team-mate Boruc be­came dur­ing his five years at Celtic Park be­tween 2005 and 2010.

And the for­mer Wisla Krakow player is aim­ing to make a sim­i­lar im­pact.

“It’s hard to beat such a club leg­end who the fans re­spect so much and who was such a hero, but ob­vi­ously it’s some­thing to as­pire to,” said Brozek.

“We’re a bit dif­fer­ent, but I know him well from the na­tional team and I al­ways re­spected him when we played to­gether.

“The pres­ence of other Poles who have been at the club in­flu­enced my decision.

Plea­sure

“Lukasz Zaluska is here and of course there has been Ma­ciej Zu­rawski and Ar­tur Boruc, who I spoke to.”

The cap­ture of Brozek has been seen as a trans­fer coup by Hoops boss Neil Len­non af­ter the player was also tar­geted by Old Firm ri­vals Rangers.

How­ever, the Pole was not keen on giv­ing the Ibrox spec­u­la­tion any more air time.

Asked why he chose Celtic over Rangers, he replied: “Celtic were very de­ter­mined to sign me so I never had any hes­i­ta­tion when they came in for me.

“It’s a very pop­u­lar club with great play­ers so I had no doubts about com­ing here.

“It was a plea­sure that Celtic were in­ter­ested in me. This was the only of­fer that counted.

“I’m very happy that I made it to the club and I will do ev­ery­thing to make sure I give as good a per­for­mance as pos­si­ble.”

Hun­gry

When asked if there had been in­ter­est from Rangers, he said: “Not of­fi­cially.”

Len­non hopes this sum­mer’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Poland and Ukraine will in­spire his lat­est re­cruit to hit the ground run­ning at Park­head.

But Brozek in­sists his only aim is to find a place in a Celtic side which has An­thony Stokes and Gary Hooper in free-scor­ing mood, with 33 goals be­tween them this sea­son.

“I’m a hun­gry player but I’m not think­ing about the na­tional team at the mo­ment,” added Brozek.

“My main task is to fight for a place in the start­ing 11 at Celtic.

“If I man­age to do that then I can start think­ing about get­ting a place at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.”

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