A defeat prior to the mid-season break to Rangers not just jeopardised Celtic’s’ nine in a row’ assignment but also highlighted the constraints that have to be dealt with during the winter transfer window. They are reliant on Odsonne Edouard up the pitch using Vakoun Issouf Bayo and Leigh Griffiths offering little because his understudy, and the requirement of a brand new centre-forward has become the major talking point since the start of the 2019-20 season. Although Celtic have been chasing the registering of Slovenian forward Andraz Sporar for quite some time, the asking fee of £5m set by Slovan Bratislava seems to be much greater than the Hoops’ evaluation for the participant considering the financial constraint of Scottish football. Celtic, therefore, have been exploring alternatives and based on a report in Poland (as mentioned by the Daily Record), a £3.5m bargain was agreed for its in-demand Jagiellonia Białystok feeling Patryk Klimala despite attention from the Serie A strugglers Genoa as well as the Bhoys’ Europa League rivals Copenhagen. The 21-year-old Poland youth global is an emerging prodigy back in his homeland, but he needs to experience the game elsewhere despite having 18 weeks left to his present deal in Białystok.
Odsonne Edouard has been the man in form, and the child would be expected to challenge and shadow the Frenchman originally before securing a starting role. Klimala is decided to be the initial choice wherever his future lies, and it is to be seen now how Neil Lennon deploys his fresh ‘number 9’ once unveiled in the coming days.
“First of all, I don’t want to be the fourth choice, only the first. I want to develop, so I will also choose a league that will give me that. If someone wants me and it is a good option, I will go and fight for my own. I don’t know what will result, but the talks will definitely start in January.”
Lennon is blessed to have a participant of Edouard’s stature who offers work ethics as well as adulthood when spearheading the attack. However, the expanding interest in the Frenchman might lead to his summer departure, and the gaffer would expect somebody who holds similar traits while replacing their prized asset. Klimala has fired in 7 times this year in Ekstraklasa and registered three assists in 17 league outings altogether (stats via Transfermarkt). Until it gets too late, the prodigy must try to replicate a similar show at Parkhead and find a reply.