Alex McLeish has suggested an attitude problem may have led to Patryk Klimala’s prospective Celtic exit.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted managers and coaches must not have seen enough from the Polish striker either in training or on the pitch.
As reported by the Scottish Sun, the 22-year-old has jetted to the United States to complete a move to New York Red Bulls.
It is said the deal could be worth more than the £3.5million Celtic spent on securing Klimala’s capture in January 2020.
He is now reportedly set to undergo a medical before signing a long-term deal with the MLS outfit.
Klimala has started just three times in 17 league appearances this term, with three goals under his belt.
In total, he has played 28 times for the Bhoys.
McLeish admitted fans may think the striker did not get much of a chance at Parkhead.
However, he insisted supporters did not see what went on behind closed doors.
Discussing Klimala’s lack of opportunities, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “There’s got to be a reason for that. There must be a reason.
“Coaches maybe have not seen enough on the training ground. Maybe in the games that he has played, they haven’t seen what they want to see.
“That is the only explanation that I can give you from the background of a coach.
“Yes, the fans can say: ‘Well, he never got much of a chance,’
“However, until you know what the mindset of the coaches are and how they have perceived the player in the dressing room, on the training field, the mental side and the attitude. These all have to be factored in.”
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