Celtic boss may give first start to Patryk Klimala vs Clyde

By John Reid

February 8, 2020

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has indicated that he may give Patryk Klimala his first Hoops start against Clyde in the Scottish Cup, the Evening Times reports.

However, with games against Hearts and Aberdeen in the week ahead, he might well make a few changes to the current side who are in such good form.

One area where a change could occur is up-front. The Hoops boss has indicated that changes might be made, and that might lead to the January signing making his first start.

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

“We just have to pick a decent team and go there and win. We’ll try and rotate the team but not too much. Klimala has a chance” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

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Ideal game for player to make first start

This could be the ideal game for Klimala, to show that he has what it takes to survive in the difficult world of Scottish football.

For a start, he will play on an artificial pitch. That won’t be the norm each week, but as there are more and more of those in Scottish football, it will be good to get used to them.

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

Also, it will be good to get the chance to play a team who will presumably be up for a battle, and will not put a host of players behind the ball, as often happens when the Hoops play domestic football.

Clyde will be out to cause a cup upset, and as a result the game could become a battle.

If they commit to going forward, that could open up space at the back, which could play into Celtic’s hands, and allow Klimala a chance to open his Hoops account.

It might not be easy for Klimala to break into the first-team, as Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths are in excellent form.

Knows how to find the back of the net

In his career he has scored 45 goals overall though, so he certainly knows where the back of the net is.

However, if you are spending £3.5 million, as reported by the Scottish Sun, to sign a player, it is better that they hit the ground running to prove that they are worth the money that has been spent on them.

That could start for Klimala versus Clyde.