A new manager will walk through the entrance of Celtic Park this summer and Dariusz Dziekanowski reckons the door might be slightly ajar for Patryk Klimala as well.

It just depends on whether the young Polish striker will be walking through it into the Hoops first team or heading out in the opposite direction.

Fans’ favourite Dziekanowski has been disappointed in Klimala’s first 15 months in Scotland after giving him the big build up when the frontman was signed for £3.5million from Jagiellona Bialystok last January.

The Poland under 21 ace managed just one sub appearance before the pandemic hit last year and has spent much of this term with his face against the glass at Parkhead.

Klimala has made just five starts this term – but came off the bench 22 times – and notched only three goals despite Celtic struggles for consistency in their failed bid to land the 10.


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Dziekanowski knows the hitman is coming to a crossroads but he is convinced a new managerial team might be the chance the kid is waiting for to finally make his name in Scotland.

Jacki said: “There will be a lot of changes at Celtic this summer with a new manager coming in.

“He will have his own ideas and I would think he’d want to bring in new players to lift the team.

“But it could be a fresh start for Patryk. It has been difficult for him at Celtic so far but this could be an opportunity for him to show what he can do.

“This is a big summer for Patryk and his Celtic career. It could be make or break for him.

“I expect Odsonne Edouard to be sold for big money at the end of the season so the door could be open for him.

“No doubt Celtic will be thinking about buying another striker but he should see this as a chance for him to save the club some money by becoming the main forward.”

Dariusz Dziekanowski scores a spectacular goal for Celtic against Moscow Dynamo in 1989
Dariusz Dziekanowski scores a spectacular goal for Celtic against Moscow Dynamo in 1989

Klimala hasn’t hit the heights yet but it’s been a tough year for a youngster who pitched up in Glasgow with limited English and then found himself stuck in the house for a year.

The Pole’s Premiership experience is a world away from Dziekanowski’s – who famously enjoyed soaking up the culture in these parts during his time with Celts.

Jacki plays down the play Bhoy image he had in the early 1990s but he admits it’s been hard for Klimala to find his feet and he is hoping the striker gets to finally sample the full Parkhead experience.

He said: “I feel for him as it’s been a difficult spell for him. He would have wanted to have played more games than he has done so far.

“Edouard has been the first choice striker and he’s had to be patient.

“But you also have to take in account the circumstances. He arrived in the January and football stopped just a few weeks later.

“It’s not easy when you move to a new country but it’s especially hard right now when the country is in lockdown and you cannot be meeting people in cafes or restaurants.

“The other side of it is there are no distractions – all you can think about is football. That’s no bad thing sometimes!

Klimala has struggled for games and goals

“It was also such a big season for Celtic. He’s a young player and there maybe were not the same opportunities to try things when there was so much at stake.

“You need to be mentally strong though.

“I feel sorry for him as he’s not had the feeling you get of playing in front of the Celtic supporters.

“When I was at the club we are not doing so well but the warmth I got from the fans was something I’ll never forget.

“The empty stadiums are not the same and I’m sure he will be inspired by the atmosphere when it comes back.”

Dzienkanowski hopes Hoops fans don’t write Klimala off just yet as he’s convinced the frontman has the tools to be a success in Scotland.

But it’s up to him to force the issue with whoever takes the helm next season.

Jacki said: “The big advantage he has got is his age. He is still only 22-years-old and he will improve. I would have loved to have joined Celtic when I was that age.

“I was 26 when I came and it was a tremendous move for me, even if it was a difficult time for the club.

“But if I was 21 I would be thinking it was an opportunity to develop at a huge club, hopefully perform well and then who knows where you can go.

“Klimala will have believed this could have been a route for him to maybe eventually play in the top leagues like England or Germany.

“He has to make an impact at Celtic first though.

“I know he spent last summer working on his fitness and building himself up. That’s good, but it’s also a mental thing.

“It is up to him to have the desire to be a Celtic player. He has to ask himself, am I happy being on the edges, or maybe going out of loan?

“Or am I going to fight and show the new management team I can be a big player at this club?

“Patryk has the ability but only he has the answer. You can’t leave anything on the shelf at Celtic.

“You don’t get time to find yourself, you need to make an impression whenever you get the chance.

“It’s a big season ahead for Celtic as they need to win the title back from Rangers and progress in Europe.