Why Patryk Klimala's reportedly imminent Celtic departure must be a one-off - for now

By David Walton

April 15, 2021

Patryk Klimala’s seemingly inevitable Celtic departure can’t be put down as anything other than good business.

Many will argue the Poland under-21 international hasn’t had enough opportunities. But the stats don’t lie. Three goals in 28 appearances tells a story – the former Jaggielonia Bialystock striker hasn’t been good enough.

The latest on it was reported by the Scottish Sun last night. They claimed that Klimala was in the USA to go through with his medical. They also state that Celtic could actually rake in more than the £3.5million splashed out on him in January 2020. Not bad going that should we pull it off.

However, there is one concern that needs to be put forward. That being the fact that the club is making decisions on the squad without the say-so of a new manager being in the door.

Now, you can see the business sense in doing a deal for Klimala. It’s just too good an offer to turn down if we do indeed manage to rake in the figures being reported. But this simply must be a one-off for now.

Patryk Klimala’s Celtic departure should be a one-off; major squad decisions must be put on hold

Celtic have a massive rebuilding job on their hands this summer. We consistently reiterate it on here as it simply can’t be forgotten about. It’s the biggest thing on the club’s agenda as things stand.

But the nature of any rebuild must only come via the manager and director of football’s image. As things stand, we have someone at boardroom level who has clearly made the decision on Klimala. It almost certainly wouldn’t have been John Kennedy – that responsibility should never fall to an interim manager.

That’s fine given the nature of the Klimala deal. However, we’ll never know whether a new manager could’ve gotten something out of him next season. Nobody has performed well this season, so even though he’s been poor for the most part, we’ll never find out how next season could’ve gone for him.

Key Celtic figures Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It could’ve been the case that the new manager wanted to keep him for whatever reason. So as a one-off, this is acceptable given the fee involved. But it must be a one-off. The new boss and his DoF can’t be coming into the club with a host of players having left the club.

Sure, the loanees will make their way back to their parent clubs. That’s fine. But the new boss should get the opportunity to speak to his players individually and run the rule over them before more leave. The last thing we need to do is leave him short in numbers because we’ve had a fire-sale before his arrival.

Hopefully, that proves to be the case. This summer is going to be far too busy and important to go making any wrong moves.

In other news, we take a look at the Jordan Larsson fee that suggests any future Celtic move is near-impossible.