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Celtic striker Patryk Klimala close to New York Red Bulls move

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Apr 14, 2021, 2:00 PM GMT+1
Klimala could be on his way to MLS
Klimala could be on his way to MLS | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Celtic striker Patryk Klimala is closing in on a permanent move to New York Bulls, according to reports.

Klimala arrived at Parkhead from Polish side Jagiellonia Bialystok in January 2020 but has found first team opportunities hard to come by. He has made just 28 appearances in all competitions and few of them have been starts, scoring just three times.

Patryk Klimala, Andrew Considine
Klimala has been a bit part player at Celtic | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Now, it seems that he could be moving on with The Scottish Sun reporting that New York Red Bulls are close to securing his signature. The MLS side's season gets underway later this month so they will be keen to get the deal completed as soon as possible.

Celtic paid around £3.5m for the forward last year and it is understood that the Bhoys could recoup most of their investment from the transfer. The Pole is unlikely to be the only player to depart Glasgow before the start of next season either.

The Bhoys are due a rebuild after a disastrous campaign. Their Old Firm rivals Rangers ended their hopes of securing a record tenth straight Scottish Premiership title with plenty of games to spare. The gap between the two teams is currently at 20 points.

To make matters worse Celtic failed to qualify for the Champions League proper and then crashed out of the Europa League at the group stages. Lowly Ross County also dumped them out of the Scottish League Cup in the second round.

The club is currently without a manager with John Kennedy in interim charge. Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is the strong favourite to take over in the summer, although a management duo of Roy Keane and Nicky Butt has also been mentioned as possibility. Ex-Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre has been linked as well.