Patryk Klimala explains why he barely got any game-time at Celtic

By Euan Davidson

September 28, 2021

Former Celtic striker Patryk Klimala has made an interesting comment about his time at the club.

The Polish marksman, who has starred for MLS side New York Red Bulls, has been forthcoming with a quote or two since leaving Glasgow. And with his latest comments, he’s explained why he didn’t get a lot of game time.

Previously, he’d said he was an uncomfortable tactical fit at Parkhead. However, the story now appears to be a fair bit more intriguing than that. The NYRB striker said [Daily Record]:

“I think many people at Celtic are surely now aware how much progress I have made.

“I think that in retrospect I chose well. Celtic were a team playing attacking football all the time, and I saw myself being a part of that.

“But there were also a number of unfortunate situations that resulted in me not playing. There was a pandemic and a few transfers of players from the club did not take place.

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“I took up the challenge anyway. I wanted to compete for a place.

“I learned from better players at Celtic, I came from Białystok as a raw player. At Celtic, I gained experience and knowledge. [Now,] I feel like my time at Celtic prepared me to play at a higher level.

“At Celtic, I improved my physical condition. There, the game is fast and based on physicality. Even before the quarantine, I made a decision that I needed to improve and with the help of the coaches, I did.”

What is former Celtic striker Patryk Klimala hinting at?

The “transfers that didn’t take place” angle is quite interesting here.

Last summer, we probably would’ve expected Odsonne Edouard to leave the club. He eventually went to Crystal Palace, but not until the transfer window just past.

Celtic kept Leigh Griffiths, added Albian Ajeti and got another season from Edouard. Perhaps Klimala was made assurances of game-time, provided at least one striker left.

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It is good to hear him saying he developed his game at Celtic. In truth, fans would’ve wanted to see more of him. He was given extremely limited minutes, but his movement looked good, and his finishing could be improved upon.

There’s no point agonising ourselves, of course, but what if Klimala had stuck around to work with Ange Postecoglou? The more mobile Klimala might have benefitted from the change in play style at Celtic Park.

What Klimala goes on to achieve will ultimately answer whether we should’ve kept him or not. But it’s very interesting to hear him discuss what the Celtic board had planned, transfer-wise.

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