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Terrific boy- Celtic striker deal is explained

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John Kennedy has admitted that the offer from New York RB was too good for Celtic to refuse.

The striker has scored just three goals in 15 months at Celtic ad although Lockdown took up a chunk of that time the Pole never looked like becoming a first choice striker.

Kennedy selected Klimala to play alongside Odsonne Edouard in his first match in charge at home to Aberdeen but left him on the bench for the next two fixtures as the Frenchman went solo.

Klimala’s time at Celtic sums up the issues facing the club with the manager and Head of Football Operations responsible for his £3.5m transfer no longer at the club while the CEO is running the clock down till retirement.

Explaining the deal, John Kennedy told the Daily Record:

It makes sense for us, it’s a good opportunity for him and it’s good for the club. We certainly wish Patryk all the best with that one if it gets finalised.

Patryk is a terrific boy, he’s worked ever so hard. Even while he’s been here, there have been lots of development around his know-how in games.

He’s very much a guy who likes playing on the counter-attack, he has good speed to run in behind. When you have the quality we have, he’s found it difficult to get game time. This opportunity has come up and it’s probably a good fit for him.

It is telling that Kennedy highlights Klimala’s ability on the counter-attack, something that is rarely required at Celtic where they regularly have 70% possession.

The timing of the deal is the only surprise about the move. It seems that Celtic won’t be renewing Leigh Griffiths’ contract before April 30, with Odsonne Edouard playing in the u-21 European Championships in June and Olympics in July it looks like Albian Ajeti will be the only striker around for pre-season training.

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