New York boss speaks highly of ex-Celtic man Patryk Klimala after MLS debut

By David Walton

May 18, 2021

New York Red Bulls manager Gerhard Struber was left extremely impressed with Patryk Klimala after his MLS debut at the weekend.

Klimala left Celtic last month to try and kickstart his career in The Big Apple. The Hoops reportedly managed to rake in as much as £3.5million for the Poland under-21 international [Sky Sports].

The deal also made Klimala New York’s top earner. It’s been reported that he rakes home as much as £800k-per-year [Glasgow Times]. Therefore, there’s pressure aplenty on the former Jagiellonia Bialystok man to succeed in his North American adventure.

Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Philadelphia Union didn’t look a great start on paper. However, in his 45 minutes, Klimala still managed to look lively and created his side’s only chance of the game too. His display was enough for manager Struber to talk up his game as he looks to get more from his big-money signing in the coming weeks.

As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Struber said: “I can see right now – and also in the future – a deep impact in our game. We can see he creates some chances, he has some chances to score, and I think with his speed, with his movements, with his timing, he is very difficult to defend.

“In some moments, we can see his powerful style and I think he’s very helpful for us right now and in the future.”

Celtic should have no regrets with New York signing Patryk Klimala

It’s easy to look at any success Klimala has in America and have instant regrets. But the truth is this was a superb deal for Celtic to get over the line. Managing to recoup what we splashed out on Paddy and more is a fine piece of business.

We all had hopes that he would make it here this season. Or perhaps even in the summer as we looked forward to a new manager reinvigorating him. But if we’re being honest with ourselves, that’s all it really was – hope. We hadn’t seen anything to suggest Klimala was capable of being one of our first-choice strikers.

The fact we’ve banked a good few million here can only help for the summer rebuild. And what would you honestly rather? Money in the bank for a new striker, or Patryk Klimala?

Patryk Klimala scores for Celtic / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Perhaps he wasn’t suited to Scottish football. Others will claim he simply wasn’t given enough opportunities. On the ones he was granted, however, we can’t pretend he shone in them. Paddy always looked to be just a wee bit short when it came to his on-field quality.

It remains to be seen if his move to the States proves to be exactly what he needs to start again. It’s a tremendous move for him financially, and he’ll undoubtedly be living a luxurious lifestyle in New York.

But Klimala was nothing if not a hard worker. He’ll be putting everything into this to try and make himself a household name in the States. Fingers crossed he gets the opportunities to show just that.

In other news, Barry Ferguson has discussed the prospect of Lewis Ferguson to Celtic.