Celtic pundit Russell Boyce has recently given his opinion about Patryk Klimala’s situation in the club’s first-team.
Boyce appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Bhoys. One topic of discussion was the club’s strikers and Klimala is one player that Boyce focused on. The pundit feels that the Polish striker will never become a regular first-team player at Parkhead.
Has Klimala been a waste of money?
Klimala had joined Celtic from Polish club Jagiellonia Bialystok in January 2020 for a reported £3.5m fee. The striker had signed a four-and-a-half-year deal and he was expected to reduce some burden on French striker Odsonne Edouard (as per BBC Sport).
Boyce believes that Klimala is the sort of player who will get some minutes of football when Celtic are 2-0 or 3-0 up in games.
He said: “I think with Klimala, the fact of the matter is – he’s doing exactly what we expect now. I don’t think he’s ever going to be the answer to be a first-team regular. I think he’ll always be someone who, when we’re 2-0, 3-0 up, he’ll come on for 10, 20 minutes just to give him a runout and to prove that he wasn’t the biggest waste of £3.5 million. He’s never going to make it as a regular.”
TIF Thoughts on Boyce’s comments on Patryk Klimala…
In the current campaign, Klimala has made 19 appearances in all competitions for the Bhoys. In the Premiership, the Pole has featured in 12 games and has scored three goals. All of those three goals have come in games when Celtic have won by more than a single goal margin (as per Transfermarkt).
His last start for the Bhoys came in October in the Old Firm derby and he has come on from the bench only twice since then. This suggests that Neil Lennon indeed doesn’t trust Klimala too much as a forward and perhaps, he is still pretty low down in the pecking order. He has been the club’s fourth-lowest rated player this season, so it is understandable why Klimala may not be a first-team regular for Celtic.