Davie Provan has claimed in his Scottish Sun column that Celtic should have considered a move for Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle this month, questioning the decision to sign Polish unknown Patryk Klimala.
Klimala, 21, has joined Celtic for £3.4million from Polish side Jagiellonia Bialystok and made his debut on Saturday afternoon in the Scottish Cup – coming on as a substitute during Celtic’s 2-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill.
The Hoops decided to bring Poland Under-21 international Klimala to Parkhead to add cover to Odsonne Edouard, given Leig Griffiths is struggling for game time and Vakoun Issouf Bayo has hardly had the desired impact since his move.
Former Celtic man Proven has suggested that The Hoops needed a more experienced striker this month – someone older and more renowned than Klimala. He suggested £20million-rated (Telegraph) striker Gayle would have been a better alternative.
“Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle is one,” Provan said. “Gayle scored 23 goals on loan at West Brom last season. Now bombed out by Toon boss Steve Bruce, he’d surely fancy a shift in Glasgow.
“I reckon Lennon would have chosen a proven goalscorer over 21-year-old Patryk Klimala any day. Trust me, that’s no reflection on the youngster who could yet turn out to be an inspired signing.”
TBR’s view – Gayle would have been a stunning Celtic signing
Gayle has become renowned as a Championship expert, guaranteeing at least 20 goals a season in England’s second tier. But with that title comes an expensive price tag. Some second-tier clubs are willing to pay, meaning Newcastle will charge it.
There is no doubt that Gayle would score goal after goal north of the border, given the quality of the player. But at that price, Gayle is simply too expensive for Celtic. In the summer, he might be a little cheaper.