Celtic’s approach to the summer transfer window appears to be a case of luring the best young talents to Parkhead from south of the border.
The Bhoys have already wrapped up a move for promising young midfielder Liam Shaw but further England-based talents could arrive in the coming months.
The outlook at Paradise could look infinitely different next season. The likes of Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer are repeatedly linked with the exit door, which means their future in Scotland is uncertain.
One man whose exit prospects are looking brighter by the day is Patryk Klimala. The Polish forward has had a rough time of it since moving to Glasgow and, just a year and a half on from arriving, it looks as though he’ll be leaving.
Klimala entered the club in January 2020 but failed to start a single game in the back half of that season. He has rarely started in 2020/21 either, finding the net on just three occasions in the famous green and white.
Celtic’s frontline could look completely different next season if a number of departures occur. Klimala is heading for the exit door, while it would be surprising if Edouard sticks around. Club stalwart Leigh Griffiths could also be offered an escape route by Aberdeen.
Thus, they will need to find new recruits from somewhere. One player who could come in and immediately replace Klimala in the squad is Kyle Joseph.
The Wigan forward is out of contract at the climax of the season and it doesn’t look as though he will pen new terms. Consequently, Celtic are chasing him and can sign the attacker on a free transfer.
The 19-year-old isn’t particularly experienced but he has made some strong impressions during what has been a breakthrough season in English football. He has played 16 times for Wigan this season and has found the net on five occasions along the way, including an eye-catching hat-trick against Burton Albion back in December.
A player blessed with quick feet and an eye for goal, a move to Celtic would be a fine reward for his impressive start to life in senior football. He has attracted plenty of acclaim along the way, being described as “dangerous” for his display against Oxford United by journalist Sanny Rudravajhala.
Another reporter in Jay Whittle took to Twitter to wax lyrical about the teenager, saying: “Outstanding footwork, has the heart of a lion, and plays with a level of maturity and intelligence beyond his years.”
Whittle continued: “Also got a great knack of being able to turn lost causes into half chances by never giving up. Huge prospect.”
With that in mind, it certainly looks as though Joseph would bring a lot more energy to his performances than Klimala ever did in Glasgow.
The Pole was a huge disappointment; Joseph could quickly usurp him.