Brozek keen to emulate Boruc

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Pawel Brozek

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 has 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 how popular his colourful international team-mate Boruc became at Celtic Park during his spell from 2005 to 2010, and said: "It's hard to beat such a club legend who the fans respect so much and who was such a hero, but obviously it is something to aspire to."

He added: "We are a bit different, but I know him well from the national team and I always respected him when we played together.

"Of course the presence of other Poles who have been at the club influenced me. Lukasz Zaluska is here and of course (former players) Maciej Zurawski and Artur Boruc, who I spoke with."

The capture of Brozek has been seen as a transfer coup by Celtic manager 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 and if there had been the possibility of going to 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 and this was the only offer that counted.

"I am very happy that I have made it to the club and I will do everything to make sure I give as good a performance as possible."

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