John Kennedy has addressed the impending deal for Red Bull New York to purchase Celtic striker Patryk Klimala. The interim manager praised the Polish striker’s work rate but wishes him all the best should the move be completed.
Speaking at the media conference today, Kennedy addressed the sale of Klimala, who joined for £3.5m from Jagiellonia Bialystock in January 2020.
“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.”
Klimala has managed just five starting appearances so far this season but has been Celtic’s most used substitute coming off the bench, or more accurately in the Covid hit season on 23 occasions. New York Red Bull are keen on bringing the Poland U21s attacker to the club – something that Celtic may be agreeable to in order to get the 22-year-old game time and his confidence back after a bruising year in Glasgow.
There is a few reports that Celtic could turn a profit on Klimala, who has struggled at Celtic. The club are about to take part in an enormous overhaul of the footballing operations and Klimala’s exit could be seen as one of many. Scott Brown is due to leave for Aberdeen as well as the arrival of a new manager, Director of Football and Dominic McKay – who is due to start on Monday.