"A good deal"; John Kennedy addresses Patryk Klimala exit from Celtic

By John McGinley

April 16, 2021

Celtic interim boss John Kennedy has confirmed Patryk Klimala is finalising an exit to Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls.

It’s been widely reported over the last couple of days that the Polish strike and Celtic were on the verge of parting ways on a permanent basis.

Kennedy told Sky Sports today: “Patryk’s currently close to finalising a deal to go there. It’s an opportunity that came up for him, and for both parties it was a good deal.

“I had a good relationship with Patryk, I spent a lot of time with him. He’s a very hard-working boy. I wish him all the best when that gets finalised. I imagine something will come out in the next few days finalising that deal.”

We’ve written multiple times on 67 Hail Hail in recent weeks that Klimala’s absence from matchday squads was a curious development given he was fit and available.

Clearly, this has come up behind the scenes and he is now ready to say goodbye to Scotland for life in the USA. There’s no smoke without fire after all!

There’s a talent in there somewhere and it could well be realised in a more open, competitive league. Teams facing Celtic have an over-reliance on packing the box with a low defensive block, which doesn’t suit the attributes of the young forward.

He managed to net just three goals during his time at the club, after signing during the Neil Lennon reign in January 2020.

Patryk Klimala is set for a Celtic exit / (Photo by Steve Welsh/Pool via Getty Images)

The Glasgow Times have reported Celtic will receive a substantial fee that could well end up turning a small profit for the Bhoys.

As Kennedy says, that’s a good result for all involved and we wish him all the best.

In other news, Celtic legend Martin O’Neill is not ready to walk away from game just yet.