Early Patryk Klimala Celtic exit to MLS could be permanent; his agents get involved

By John McGinley

April 2, 2021

Patryk Klimala could be heading for a permanent Celtic exit, less than 18 months after signing a four-and-a-half-year deal with the club.

Mark Hendry in The Glasgow Times reports today that interest in the striker from Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls is of the permanent kind, rather than the potential loan move reported by other outlets.

Klimala’s agents have already opened discussions with both clubs as a move comes into view.

The MLS transfer window is open until early June due to the pandemic, meaning there’s plenty of time to get this deal done.

NYRB’s season kicks off later this month, though they have started playing friendlies ahead of the delayed season kick-off.

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Klimala has struggled to make an impact at Celtic.

Despite some promising signs over the lockdown period, when coaches and teammates talked up his physical fitness improvements, the vast majority of his appearances have come from the bench.

He’s netted just three times for the club, the last of which came way back in October against St Johnstone.

Patryk Klimala exit could be best for Celtic and the player

As Celtic assess what is needed next season to wrestle the title back off that lot, it would be no surprise if the determination was that Klimala is not up for the battle.

That leaves the Bhoys in a difficult position of course. With Odsonne Edouard almost certain to leave this summer, we aren’t exactly blessed with a huge amount of striking options.

Patryk Klimala scores for Celtic / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

With or without Klimala, it seems very likely the club will be dipping into the transfer market again in an attempt to find the right attacker to complement Albian Ajeti and our creative midfielders.

An exit for the Polish forward might be the best for all concerned.

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