Celtic boss rubbishes idea of Patryk Klimala handing in a transfer request

By David Walton

August 30, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has dismissed any notion of Patryk Klimala handing in a transfer request despite recent controversy over how he’s viewed in the squad.

Former Hibernian man Tam McManus tweeted after Celtic’s shock Champions League exit to Ferencvaros that he believes Klimala should hand in a transfer request immediately. This was down to the fact that he still couldn’t get on the pitch despite Lennon having no alternative centre-forwards available to start.

Klimala has been used sparingly this season so far, coming on in cameos against the likes of Hamilton, Kilmarnock, and Dundee United respectively.

Patryk Klimala scores for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And Lennon laughed off any idea that the Poland under-21 international will be thinking of leaving. Clarifying Klimala’s role in the squad, the Celtic boss said the following in the Scottish Sun:

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“I don’t think Patryck will be asking for a transfer any time soon.

“At the minute we see him as a squad player to develop and we felt Wednesday night was not the right time to throw him in at the deep end with a start.

“People can look at the team selection but the bottom line is we had more than enough chances to win two games and we let ourselves down.”

There is no way of talking past last week’s blunder

Lennon has been trying to do his best to give his stance on things. He talks here about how Klimala is currently just a squad player and that throwing him in at the deep end on Wednesday wasn’t the right thing to do.

Well, neither was starting Ryan Christie as a striker. Christie may have got on the scoresheet, but in general play Celtic had nothing to hit in the box. They didn’t have a player with that striker-like intelligence to split a defence or move bodies around.

Also, it was Ferencvaros we were playing. Not Real Madrid. If throwing Klimala in against the champions of Hungary is deemed as high-risk then he’s worth nowhere near the £3.5million we splashed out on him in the first place (Scottish Sun).

Neil Lennon watches on as Celtic lose to Ferencvaros / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But ultimately the manager needs to pick a story and stick with it. Did Klimala not feature because he’s a squad-player and not ready? Or because he wasn’t fit? Remember, Lennon said it was down to the latter immediately after the Ferencvaros defeat (Glasgow Times).

All eyes will now be on whether the Pole will feature today against Motherwell. If he starts or gets a good 45 minutes under his belt, it slaps down the idea he wasn’t fit to feature last week.

We can all see that there’s something in Klimala. It’s time for the manager to let it out.

In other news, Lennon has confirmed that the club has received and accepted a bid for one of its long-term stars.