BBC pundits react to Patryk Klimala miss as Celtic overpower Clyde

By David Walton

February 9, 2020

BBC pundits Jim Duffy and Pat Bonner have been reacting to the Patryk Klimala miss as Celtic beat Clyde today.

Goals from Olivier Ntcham, Scott Brown, and Vakoun Bayo sealed a last-eight spot for the Hoops at Broadwood Stadium this afternoon. However, the game also marked the first start of his Celtic career for Klimala.

The Polish striker did manage his first assist when he found Brown, but there will only be one moment stuck in his head tonight. He was slipped in by James Forrest in the first 45 and was in one-v-one against Clyde’s David Mitchell. However, despite going as close as he could to the Clyde shot-stopper, he could only fire it straight at him when it looked easier to score.

Celtic forward Patryk Klimala (Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

And in today’s BBC live text coverage of the game, both Bonner (15:35) and Duffy (14:55) have reacted to his miss, with both believing that he should’ve scored:

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Bonner: “It is a frustrating position for Klimala to make his start today, with the conditions. You would have expected him to get more chances to open his account – he had that big chance which he maybe should have done better with in the first-half”

Duffy: The relatively early goal took away any anxiety. Klimala should have scored – that’s the only disappointing thing from the away side’s point of view.”

Klimala not scoring is no disaster

Both of the BBC pundits are right here. Klimala should’ve netted his big chance, and you also would’ve expected him to get some more opportunities to add to the big one he did have.

However, you also have to look at the positives today too. Firstly, his movement caused Clyde all sorts of problems. He made a positive run to get on the end of James Forrest’s pass, and he showed quick-thinking to latch onto it too.

In addition to that, Klimala showed some positive touches in and around the area to win some set-pieces. He clearly has quick feet and has a good footballing brain. He may not have scored today, but there were certainly enough positive signs.

Celtic forward Patryk Klimala (Joachim Sielski/Bongarts/Getty Images)

What Klimala will now be looking for is when his next chance will arrive. Vakoun Bayo got on the scoresheet today, and goals will always attract attention. All of a sudden, the big Ivorian has also surely put himself in the manager’s thoughts.

Things are heating up in the striking positions. Both Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths look undroppable at the minute, but Klimala and Bayo showed today that they have the ability to make an impact when called upon.

Sure, he should’ve scored. He’ll be rueing that when he goes to bed this evening. But it’s no disaster that he didn’t find his first goal. If he keeps showing the cleverness he did at times today, that goal won’t be too far away.