The Red Bulls have completed the transfer Polish youth international striker Patryk Klimala from Celtic FC and signed him to a four-year Major League Soccer contract, it was announced Thursday morning.
The club has an option for one additional year, pending P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.
Klimala will fill a Young Designated Player and international spot on the roster.
“We’re delighted to complete this deal and welcome Patryk to our club,” Red Bulls head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “Patryk is a talented true center forward who has proven that he can score goals and create in a variety of ways. We believe he has the ability to impact games in MLS now, and the potential to continue to grow and succeed in years to come. We look forward to welcoming him to New York and getting him acclimated to our club.”
Klimala, 22, signed with Celtic F.C. Jan. 22, 2020 and made his first appearance in a 3-0 Scottish Premiership win over St. Johnstone that Jan. 29. The Polish striker accrued 28 appearances with three goals and one assist in 681 minutes across all competitions. Klimala also was called into Poland’s Under-21 youth national team during the 2020 season for the UEFA European U-21 Championship qualifying. He tallied two goals and one assist in 278 minutes over four matches.
“I’m very happy with Patryk’s decision to join us,” head coach Gerhard Struber said in a statement. “At both the club and youth international level he has shown that he has high potential. He demonstrates a strong work ethic against the ball, which is very important to our style of play, and has very good instincts around the goal. His movement and ability in the final third give the team another weapon.”
The 6-foot, 168-lb. Klimala began his professional career at Jagiellonia Bialystok, a first division Poland club during the 2016-17 season, appearing in three matches. He was loaned to Wigry Suwalki, a third division team, during the 2017-18 season where he accrued 13 goals and two assists in 27 matches. Klimala returned to Jagiellonia Bialystok for the next two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20) and recorded 11 goals and four assists in 47 matches across all competitions.
Klimala has been a main fixture at the Polish youth international level, having been featured for the U-19s, U-20s and U-21s. He has earned 15 caps with four goals over 1,084 minutes.