By Noel Whelan

13th Apr, 2021 | 1:39pm

Klimala set to leave Celtic after major reported transfer update - Whelan

Patryk Klimala will be moved on by Celtic this summer regardless of who is appointed manager.

That is the view of former Aberdeen and Leeds United forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 22-year-old’s future at Parkhead.

Klimala was once again missing from Celtic’s matchday squad on Saturday, as John Kennedy’s side thrashed Livingston 6-0.

The Glasgow Times report MLS side NY Red Bulls are interested in signing the out-of-favour striker permanently.

A £3.5million signing in January 2020, Klimala has just over three years left on his contract at Celtic Park.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the Polish striker’s future, Whelan said: “I think regardless of who comes in, Klimala’s time is up.

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“I think bridges have been burnt. It is time for him to move on.

“You need to be strong with players and Kennedy has done that. Klimala is not needed. He is surplus to requirements so you have got to try and get rid of him this summer.

“If you are not showing significant signs of improvement then you have to move on, especially at a big club like Celtic. This is the footballing world.”

Klimala has scored three goals in 28 appearances for the Hoops, but he has been utilised predominantly as an impact substitute.

He is evidently not fancied by caretaker manager John Kennedy, with the forward having made just once appearance since Neil Lennon left the club in mid-February.

In other news, a pundit is worried by a potentially ‘devastating’ Celtic player development pre-Rangers.