Patryk Klimala’s Celtic exit looks like it’s close to being confirmed after last night’s reports.
The Daily Record claimed that the Hoops could take in as much as £3.5million for the struggling Poland under-21 international. With only three games in 28 appearances for the Hoops, it’s impressive that we look like managing to recoup what we splashed out on him.
Celtic fans have had their say on the move too. Many are happy to see us managed to bring in such a fee. Especially considering the summer rebuild that lies ahead for the club. Others, however, will simply feel Klimala didn’t get the opportunities. That 28 appearances in 15 months isn’t enough for him to show his worth.
Regardless of what side of the fence you fall on, there are two questions that now need asking. Especially if this deal does indeed finalise in the coming days.
Firstly, who is calling the shots here? Who is okaying player departures given that the manager and his Head of Recruitment have departed. Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond are gone, so it’s hardly either of them.
Is it interim manager John Kennedy? That would seem a touch unrealistic given he’s almost certainly not going to get the job permanently. He shouldn’t be making squad decisions for the long-term.
For many, the obvious answer is Chief Executive Peter Lawwell. He is, after all, the main money-man at the club. It’s he who handles finances and transfer negotiations.
Patryk Klimala’s Celtic exit would open up questions; manager needs final say on who goes this summer
Dermot Desmond, the majority shareholder, is another candidate. But it’s hardly like him to get involved in first-team affairs.
Assuming it’s Lawwell, you then move on to the second question that needs answering. Why?
Shouldn’t these calls, at the very least, be handed over to incoming replacement Dominic McKay? Especially if it’s going to affect next season’s squad.
Then there’s the new manager factor. Surely any new boss deserved to have a look at Klimala before the club decided enough was enough? There’s a general perception that there’s a decent player in the Polish youngster. It would’ve been ideal if the new manager had him at his disposal to see how he performed in pre-season.
The same goes for any player the club is thinking about getting rid of. It should, at the end of the day, come down to the man who’s working with the team on a daily basis.
Perhaps whoever made the decision believed the offer was simply too good to turn down. You could understand if that was the case, but it would be ideal for clarity if we found out these things.
After all, how much influence will those who sanctioned the Klimala deal have on other potential summer dealings? Given the season we’ve just had of course, I’m certainly not expecting any clarity.