As much as some will be disappointed with the potential sale of Celtic striker Patryk Klimala, there is one overriding positive to the deal.
Indeed, the Daily Record has reported that the Poland under-21 international is closing in on a move to the MLS. New York Red Bulls are said to be close to securing him.
Incredibly, the Record states that Celtic could bag the £3.5million they splashed out on Paddy back in January 2020. The Hoops secured him from Polish outfit Jagiellonia Bialystock back when Neil Lennon was in charge.
To bag that kind of fee for a player who has only scored three goals in 28 appearances is superb. Not to mention the fact that there had been no signs that he was breaking through anytime soon.
We all wanted Klimala to be a success, but it became pretty clear in recent times that this just wasn’t going to work out. He’s been in and around the match-day squad all season, but when brought on he’s failed to take his opportunity.
Celtic clearly don’t feel Patryk Klimala will make it
There’s plenty of room for development with Klimala, that much is certain. However, he likely needs to thrive elsewhere and in a less intense environment in order for that to thrive. If you were asked whether the Pole could be our number one striker and perform on a weekly basis? The answer would have to be no.
And if Celtic accept the £3.5m we may get for him, that will be a key indicator that they also feel the same.
Another alternative would’ve been to send him out on loan this summer. A chance to see how he got on when playing consistently at another Scottish or English club would’ve been ideal. But it’s clear Celtic don’t have much faith in this project anymore, and accepting NYRB’s offer will be confirmation of that.
You also have to take into consideration the monumental summer rebuild ahead. We need as much cash as we can get our hands on to ensure we can get the best recruits possible for the new boss.
Sacrificing Klimala for that goal is hardly outrageous. And many supporters could also see the value in the potential deal:
Getting our money back on this guy is a ridiculous prospect.
I know he's strangely popular with some but he's one of the worst I've ever seen at Celtic. No ill will towards him, just thought he was really bad. https://t.co/CihGsZE1x3
— Paul 🏴 (@PauloSellick) April 13, 2021
Klimala’s a decent player in the right system but either way, just another example of how lazy and woeful Celtic’s recruitment is. https://t.co/Yuz8Nk6HyB
— . (@_RH88_) April 13, 2021
Good to get this cash. But I hope there is no-one in Celtic Park who thinks this any way justifies his signing in hindsight… https://t.co/yje1wJklts
— 🍔 Gastro Celtic 🍀 (@Gastro_Celtic) April 13, 2021
Yeah totally agree here…think that’s a great deal for us IF it goes ahead. Hoped it would work out for him, but sadly not been the case.
— TranceMusic247 (@TranceMusic247) April 13, 2021
No brainier – hopefully we recoup some of our outlay. https://t.co/lpBpuWUcBW
— bhoysviews (@bhoysviews) April 13, 2021
if they are giving us our money back then take it… he wasnt 19 showing potential. he was bought from a team that was same level as Cove Rangers.
— Mark Nesbitt (@MarkNesbitt1888) April 13, 2021
Great piece of business. This guy was never good enough.
— Mad Alfie’s Lambo (@ScottDuffy1) April 13, 2021
Hallelujah. Money for old rope with this one. Can’t believe any club is parting with cash for him!
— Lindylou (@lindanoble0101) April 13, 2021