The £3.5million sale of Patryk Klimala has handed the next Celtic manager a major boost, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward insisted the new Hoops boss needs to freshen up their squad after their woeful title defence this season.

The Glasgow Times report Celtic managed to recoup the full £3.5million they paid for Klimala when they sold him to New York Red Bulls earlier this month.

The 22-year-old moved to Parkhead in January 2020 but managed just five starts in 28 appearances across all competitions for the Glasgow giants.

Celtic are still in the hunt for a new manager after Neil Lennon resigned his position in February.

Football Insider understands their hopes of landing Eddie Howe depend upon him accepting the job without ally Richard Hughes, while Roy Keane remains in the frame.

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Asked whether the fact Celtic recouped their investment on Klimala was a boost for the new manager, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Yes, 100 per cent.

“Just to have money there and available to sort the team is out.

“Any new manager that comes in is going to want to have money to change his team because it needs updating, it needs to become a bit fresher.

“To lose so many times to Rangers recently, even the cup game was quite a comfortable win for Rangers.

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“Celtic will know they’ve got to make changes and I’m sure the next manager will want to do that.”

Klimala scored all three of his Celtic goals within the first nine Scottish Premiership games this season.

In other news, a top pundit has blasted Celtic after a “very strange” contract reveal.