Celtic manager Neil Lennon was delighted with the players who came on as substitutes against St Johnstone, speaking to The Celtic View this week (Vol 56 Issue 11).
With the score deadlocked at 0-0 on Sunday, the manager made a raft of changes to his eleven during the match.
The substitutions eventually paid off with fringe bench men Leigh Griffiths and Patryk Klimala getting themselves on the scoresheet to secure all three points in Perth.
It was a big moment for both players and Lennon is especially delighted for the Polish youngster after all his hard work this year.
As quoted by The Celtic View (Vol 56 Issue 11), he said: “We kept coming, we got Scott Brown on and when you throw Rogic, Christie and McGregor into the mix with two hungry strikers, we got what we deserved in the end and I’m thrilled with that.
“Patryk’s reaction was fantastic, and I’m delighted for him. All his hard work is paying off, and it was another massive contribution from him, I’m really pleased with him.”
Klimala has now scored three league goals and is making a strong case to be more involved in the future.
The determination he showed to ride a horror tackle and get up to score was brilliant to see.
That’s precisely the kind of tenacity needed to succeed in Scottish football.
With Lennon more and more impressed by the player, he may get more starting opportunities before long, especially with so many Celtic fixtures on the immediate horizon in multiple competitions.
His weekend goal will have done wonders for his confidence, and I’m excited to see what’s next from him.