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‘No idea how good a player he is’ ‘was never going to play’ ‘glimpses of a really promising young player’ Fans bemused by Celtic exit

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The departure of Patryk Klimala marks the end of another bizarre recent chapter in Celtic’s transfer history.

Bought from Polish side Jagiellonia for 4M euros in January 2020 the role for the young striker never seemed obvious, much like Vakoun Bayo and Maria Shved the year before.

Playing minutes were scarce last season as Leigh Griffiths suddenly rediscovered form, firing in the goals and forming a productive partnership with Odsonne Edouard after Celtic switched to playing with two strikers.

Over Lockdown Polish Paddy hit the weights, bulked up and got a har cut but still he failed to convince in his limited appearances.

When Griffiths returned out of shape it should have opened the door to Klimala but Neil Lennon wasn’t convinced although in the October Glasgow Derby he started with a strike force of Klimala and Moi Elyounoussi.

A new manager suggested a new start next season for the Polish u-21 internationalist but the offer from New York RB seemed to suit all parties.

The RB network is famous for the background work and analysis that they put into signings, what they discovered at Celtic is anyone’s business, 15 months after signing it is all over at Celtic for Klimala.

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