Patryk Klimala's Celtic departure hasn't gone down well with fans
It appears that confirmation of Patryk Klimala’s Celtic departure hasn’t gone down too well with the Parkhead support.
The deal to take the Poland under-21 international to New York Red Bulls was officially completed today. It comes a week after interim manager John Kennedy effectively confirmed a deal was close to being done [Glasgow Times].
Klimala was signed back in January 2020 in a deal worth a reported £3.5million [Scottish Sun]. But in an impressive move by Chief Executive Peter Lawwell, it’s been reported in recent times that Celtic have managed to recoup what they splashed out on Klimala plus add-ons [Glasgow Times].
But his time here has been absolutely full of regrets. Klimala may only have three goals in 24 appearances this season, but it’s vital to point out that he’s only featured for 580 minutes [Transfermarkt]. That’s the equivalent of just under six-and-a-half games of football.
All of a sudden when looking at in that way, his record this term actually isn’t too bad.
Patryk Klimala’s Celtic departure will divide many
Nobody will ever know whether Klimala could’ve made it here. There were times such as cameos against Hamilton and St Johnstone where he looked like he had something promising. A turn of pace that would trouble most Scottish Premiership sides. On other occasions? He struggled badly, especially against higher quality opposition such as Rangers and AC Milan respectively.
But it’s not just because of Klimala’s potential that many fans are frustrated. It’s the idea that deals are being done even before we bring a new manager through the door.
I’ve spoken in the past about how this is a great deal for the club. It didn’t look as though Patryk truly had what it took to succeed here. Therefore, when you take everything into perspective, recouping our fee and eventually getting more for him looked a great deal on paper.
It’ll be intriguing to see how his MLS career pans out and what he does with more regular opportunities. It’s very understandable to hear fans say that this could be one we regret further down the line.
But when you truly analyse this one, all we’ll made to regret is the poor recruitment decision to bring him in from the beginning.
Here’s a look at how fans have reacted to Klimala’s official exit.
Good luck to the guy.
What a shambles we are, by the way. https://t.co/z5VrbblpIn
— Tony (@macaroni1888) April 22, 2021
This typifies our season… This guy realised he had to get stronger and fitter so worked his arse off pre season…. Leigh Griffiths ate kebabs… And he's still our best striker 🤷🏼♂️😂😭😭 https://t.co/Q6TvKsyM58
— ryan denholm (@rdenholm18) April 22, 2021
Said it before, I think with proper coaching and playing in a team with a style that suits him he could really be a decent prospect.
One thing he always did at Celtic was give his all and worked hard, that says something given how we've been this season.
Best of luck, Paddy! 👍 https://t.co/QE6x6sXHdI
— Celtic Thoughts (@celtic_thoughts) April 22, 2021
The guy never stood a chance, regardless of whether he might've been good enough. Also got to seriously question who's making the decision to punt players while there's supposedly an incoming DOF and Manager who'd make those decisions. https://t.co/eQyTIez4bc
— Marc McArdle (@marcmcardle1) April 22, 2021
Only striker who actually seemed bothered and interested when he played, what a shame it is, deserved so much better, this club is a joke https://t.co/XHLlM9913M
— c 🇮🇹 (@hctelfih) April 22, 2021
In all seriousness he could have been a cracking player for us if he was actually given a chance, reckon we’ll live to regret this one https://t.co/VK4BmUyR5Y
— Kurt Cocaine 🕷🇵🇸 (@KCokeBaby) April 22, 2021
Our entire footballing infrastructure, from the players, to the management, to the board and ever department is like a separate character in the movie Burn After Reading.
In the end what did we learn? Nothing. https://t.co/vKkhx2YlXS
— Michael (@growlsgarden) April 22, 2021
Good move for Paddy. Never really given a proper chance so we'll never know if he was really good enough. All the best to him. https://t.co/aohZrrQnZx
— Chris Q (@chris91q) April 22, 2021
Wasn’t everyone’s favourite but he gave 110% everytime he played so best of luck to him! There’s a few frauds that should’ve been shown the door first mind you. https://t.co/IenJSSgrsA
— Sean😎 (@Seanbhoy94) April 22, 2021
Can't appoint a manager but can sell players.
Good to see we've got our priorities right, unless of course, John Kennedy is our "new" manager and this is his decision 🙈
A shambles. https://t.co/EigMkK2AVp
— Cal MacKenzie (@kombuchis_clay) April 22, 2021