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Celtic’s Patryk Klimala decision looking strange

With Celtic on the verge of signing Patryk Klimala last month, there was an element of doubt from some fans.

Certain supporters looked towards his record which was far from convincing for a centre forward playing in Poland.

In 50 matches for his former club Jagiellonia Bialystok he had netted just 11 times. That didn’t point towards the type of clinical player the Hoops were looking for.

A promising footballer at the age of 21, he arrived in Scotland as an unknown quantity.

Though, after his first start for the club, some fans seemingly took at U-turn, suggesting he had the qualities to thrive.

A lack of game time has since followed for Klimala – he has featured for just 15 minutes in the league and his tally in two cup outings don’t account for 90 minutes either.

One assist later and one has to wonder why Celtic decided to spend £3.5m on a player who isn’t getting into the team.

Much of that can be owed to Leigh Griffiths. Klimala was never going to start over the effervescent Odsonne Edouard but Griffiths has now scored four times in 2020.

His nearest rivals for a starting place are already streets ahead of him. Time and time again the Pole has been on the bench, but even when Celtic were 3-1 up at the weekend, he didn’t appear.

Does Klimala deserve more game time?

Of course

Of course

No thanks

No thanks

Claims have been made about how he’s getting on behind the scenes and they don’t particularly bode well either.

Journalist Kieran Devlin noted after the Hoops’ latest win: “Have heard people inside the club aren’t impressed with him so far.”

“Klimala was always a strange one from the start, underlying reports were never that impressive. Seemed a bizarre move to sanction for that money.”

That goes a long way to explaining why he hasn’t appeared as much, but it also suggests that there was perhaps a lack of scouting involved when signing the attacker.

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Klimala hasn’t done much during his rare time on the field but this is evidence to claim that he doesn’t necessarily deserve the time some fans have pleaded for this month.

If the decision to sign him seemed strange at the time, further questions marks must now be raised over his immediate future under Neil Lennon. It might take an injury or a departure in the summer for the youngster to truly get an opportunity.

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