Klimala Opens Up
– Klimala reveals chats with Neil Lennon about improving.
– He was left raging when Ryan Christie played as a striker ahead of him.
– The Pole thought he would be a top striker in Scotland.

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PATRYK KLIMALA left Celtic earlier this year to go live out the American dream in New York City with the Red Bulls.

The former Celtic striker was never a first choice during his time in Glasgow and as you’ll read below – he sometimes wasn’t even the third or fourth choice.

Neil Lennon signed the player to rival Odsonne Edouard but instead, he rivalled squad players for a place on the bench – not always coming out on top.

Opening up about his time at Celtic and his frustrations about not playing – the Polish forward revealed he had conversations with Neil Lennon on how he could improve.

“Neil Lennon and I spoke a few times about why I didn’t play, what I had to improve on, how I had to make myself up.” Klimala told SunSport.

“I think I did it but sometimes this happens. Edouard was having a good season, was scoring goals and was doing it every game.

“I was p’d off, to be honest, because I didn’t play but that’s football, sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t.

“What did Lennon ask me to improve specifically? We spoke about my playing with my back to goal, to care more about the ball when I had it, those were the two things he told me.

“He knew I was quick and could score goals but maybe it wasn’t the style the manager liked, I don’t know.

“When I went to Celtic I thought I’d be a big striker in Scotland but I wasn’t. I didn’t play enough to prove myself to fans, coaching staff and everyone around me.

Speaking about Ryan Christie starting up front instead of him, Klimala was angry:

 “I was angry but I didn’t understand it.

“I think everyone in my case would be angry because you have a striker available and you play a number 10 as a striker? Maybe the manager didn’t trust me enough, I don’t know.

“It wasn’t one game, it was a couple of games like that. When I was at Celtic I would think about it but it’s completely done and I still have no idea why.

” I never spoke about it with Neil Lennon.

“I never complained about why I’m not playing. I never spoke to anyone about why I wasn’t playing and they didn’t speak to me either because they knew that I don’t like complaining.

“I just did my job and maybe that wasn’t good enough, I don’t know.”

If you are a striker brought in by the club to play, you would be furious if midfielders were put in your place.

Patryk didn’t show enough in the games he got for the club. A bundle of energy without any direction, he never looked like a natural goalscorer or someone who could fit into the team.

Let’s be honest, when Edouard was at the club, nobody was dislodging him as number one, the best you could shoot for was second but Patryk didn’t even manage that.

The player is enjoying his football now in America and we wish him every success.


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