Celtic striker Patryk Klimala has no reason to lie over Copenhagen claim

By David Walton

January 20, 2020

Celtic striker Patryk Klimala’s comments appear to have brought an interesting response from Copenhagen.

The new Hoops striker initially stated after signing that he rejected interest from the Danish champions to join Parkhead (Daily Record). Both Celtic and Copenhagen will meet each other in the last-32 of the Europa League next month.

Copenhagen then hit back with a rebuttal. Manager Stale Solbakken claimed that he had never even heard of Klimala and that the club isn’t in a position to spend big money either (Daily Record).

Celtic forward Patryk Klimala (Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

So what that means is that someone is making up stories. It’s a very unusual defence for Copenhagen to put forward if they genuinely did make an offer.

There is the argument that losing a player to their Europa League rivals would reflect poorly on them. But it doesn’t feel like it washes.

Why would Klimala lie?

On the other side, however, why on earth would Klimala lie? What would he possibly have to gain from saying that Copenhagen had submitted an offer when they didn’t? It makes absolutely no sense.

It’s not as if pretending we pipped the Dutch champions to his signing wins him brownie points with the fans. The striker wouldn’t be that naive. If he believes that he rejected interest from Copenhagen, then it must’ve come from elsewhere.

It could’ve been the case that his agent was trying to drum up interest and let him think that Copenhagen were looking at him. But you can’t accuse Klimala of any fibs – there’s no plus-side to him doing so. If anything, he’s only put more pressure on himself for when the Europa League tie comes around.

Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken (Boris Streubel – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

As for Solbakken, he did come across a tad ultra-defensive. It came across as a bit of a dig to say he had never heard of the player. The same could be said for us and the majority of his own team. With a bit of luck he’ll know all about Klimala after our Europa League double-header.

The whole situation has actually added some nice bite to the meeting between the teams. There will be a slightly added spice after the situation, and it’ll be interesting to see whether it motivates Klimala further to perform against them.

Regardless, the Celtic forward deserves no criticism here. If he believed he rejected interest it will have been because he was told there was.