Patryk Klimala’s absence from another Celtic squad, with no apparent or reported injury, isn’t great news for his career at the club.
John Kennedy has taken the option to exclude him since being an unused substitute against Rangers last month.
The Polish U21 international hasn’t featured for the Bhoys on the pitch since starting a 1-0 win over Aberdeen on 27th February.
Others, such as Albian Ajeti and Leigh Griffiths, are getting opportunities ahead of him right now. Neither of those strikers are particularly assured of a Celtic future either.
Klimala could have an escape route to Major League Soccer on the horizon, as we’ve discussed on 67 Hail Hail previously.
It’s been reported that New York Red Bulls are keen on a permanent move for the forward, who has never really got going since signing for Neil Lennon back in January 2020.
There was a bit of hype on his shoulders coming into the season after the former Hoops boss and his teammates talked up his physical development over lockdown.
However, he’s not been able to translate that into any consistent form or regular goalscoring.
I feel sorry for him in a way. I like his determination and his hunger on the pitch when he is involved. However, I’ve always had a suspicion he may just not have enough ability to have that cutting edge that Celtic need.
Defences in Scotland are not elite by European standards, but for us to win as often as we need to, our attackers have to composed and killer in front of goal. Klimala is clearly lacking that touch of quality that puts him up there with the Odsonne Edouards and Moussa Dembeles.
Still, hopefully we can figure out an exit or a loan that suits all parties.