Patryk Klimala signing should end Andraz Sporar to Celtic saga

By David Walton

January 12, 2020

Should Celtic indeed wrap up the signing of Jagiellona Bialystok’s Patryk Klimala, it should almost certainly put an and to the Andraz Sporar saga.

The Glasgow Times revealed today that Klimala is set to have a medical with the Hoops after we agreed a £3.5million fee for his services. It’s exciting news for the Celtic support given our urgent need for a striker, even if some aren’t too keen on the move.

Yet once this deal does come to pass, it’s surely going to put an end to the Sporar stuff. After all, we’ve been hearing update after update on Sporar without anything substantial actually happening.

Andraz Sporar doesn’t look like coming to Parkhead (Ahmad Mora/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The latest regarding the Slovenian was that he was set to favour a move to Sporting Lisbon over Celtic (Slovenske Novice). As of yet, no offer appears to have been accepted for his signature.

But Sporar’s apparent preference isn’t the reason we’re likely to stop our interest in him. It’s the fee involved for the striker that should put this one to bed.

Sporar and Klimala would cost a combined £8.5m

Slovan Bratislava vice-chairman Ivan Kmotrik told Sportrevue that his star-striker wouldn’t be sold for anything less than the record fee for a Slovakian player. That would mean that Celtic would have to cough up £5m for his signature.

Peter Lawwell has never been one to go daft (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Considering we’ve already spent £3.5m for what is, as it stands, a fourth striker, there’s no way that Celtic spend another £5m for a fifth. Even if Celtic are set to allow Vakoun Bayo the chance to leave, we would still have too much firepower to warrant spending another £5m.

After all, should Klimala sign, that would mean there are more urgent positions in need of strengthening. Celtic currently don’t have competition for James Forrest. Another centre-back is also necessary in order for us to have two for each position.

It would also just be against Celtic’s way of thinking to bring in Sporar. When have we ever spent as much as £8.5m on one position in January? After all, we’re always being told how difficult the window is to strengthen in. It would effectively be unheard of to see Celtic land both Sporar and Klimala given the figures involved.

Patryk Klimala looks to have sealed a move to Celtic (Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Of course, that doesn’t rule us out signing another striker in January. There have been reports stating that we’re interested in signing two this month (Sunday Post). The difference is that we can likely expect any new forward to be cheaper than Klimala.

It remains to be seen what the club does between now and the end of the month. However, if the Klimala deal is wrapped up, don’t expect many more fireworks in this position.