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‘A GIFT FROM GOD,’ KLIMALA’S EMOTIONAL CELTIC FAREWELL

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PATRYK KLIMALA has admitted his short career at Celtic was “a gift from God to me”.

The Polish striker spent only 15 months at Parkhead following his £3.5million switch from top-flight club Jagiellonia Bialystok in January last year.

Unfortunately, the player failed to convince during his time and scored a meagre three goals in 28 appearances before his move to MLS outfit New York Red Bulls which was rubberstamped yesterday. He agreed a four-year contract and the Glasgow club recouped their initial transfer outlay.

Klimala left the Hoops with a heartfelt farewell to the club and their supporters as he embarked upon a new career in the States where he will team up with ex-Celts Cameron Harper and Andrew Gutman.

THREE CHEERS…Patryk Klimala, James Forrest and Scott Brown celebrate the winger’s winner against St Mirren in Paisley in September last year.

The 22-year-old frontman said: “The time I spent here, however short, was a gift from God to me. I would like to thank everyone who has given me the chance to be part of this great club.

“I will never forget a warm welcome and the support the fans gave me during the year spent here.

“In Celtic, I was lucky to meet really good players, coaches and people who mobilised me to work harder every day.

“The progress I have made here allows me to be optimistic about the future.”

Klimala, speaking in a report in the Daily Record, added: “Now it’s time for the United States, I’m pretty excited about it.

“Thank you for all the message and calls. Hope Celtic gets the title back as soon as possible.

“I keep my fingers crossed for you!”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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