The Celtic supporters have been discussing the prospect of giving Patryk Klimala his first start against Rangers on Saturday.
The Polish under-21 international has shown gradual signs of improvement this season, and as such has featured in 11 of Celtic’s 13 competitive games so far. Throughout that period, the former Jagiellonia Bialystok man has netted three goals (Transfermarkt).
However, manager Neil Lennon has a massive decision to make with regards to what he does up top on Saturday. With Odsonne Edouard likely to be out due to testing positive for Covid, it leaves us with Albian Ajeti, Klimala, and Leigh Griffiths available as replacements.
And as Klimala continued his positive momentum with an assist for Poland’s under-21s last night, the Hoop fans have been debating whether it’s now time for him to be given his Glasgow derby initiation:
I'd go with Griff and Klimala up top, Turnbull as the 10. Even with everything we've had go against us lately I still have a good feeling about this one 🍀
— Imoch (@Imoch87) October 14, 2020
Klimala deserves a shot. elyonoussi never a striker
— lewis (@LB67_) October 13, 2020
Klimala got to start on Saturday imo. This will be his ‘Moussa Moment’.
— *•* (@allcaps67) October 13, 2020
Klimala played 80 minutes tonight,should set him up for start on Saturday
— 2tam2tam2 (@tam50tam) October 13, 2020
Currently our only fully fit striker is Klimala. Paddy has to be one of the 2 strikers starting for that reason
— Aidan Ritchie (@AidanRitchie27) October 13, 2020
Whats yer controversial Celtic opinions?
Mine is if I had to pick between Klimala and Griff on Saturday it would be Klimala starting.
— Adam🍀 (@AJThoms214) October 13, 2020
Love Leigh Griffiths to bits, but if it's between him and Klimala to start Saturday I'd opt for Polish Paddy.
— Fenian Dug 🏴🇮🇪 (@Popes1888) October 13, 2020
If Eddy doesn’t make it I think Griff will start…
Can’t see Ajeti starting after a hamstring injury…
Prob be Griff n Elly, but I’d love to see Klimala involved…
Just brings drive to the front line🍀👌🏻
— Dom CFC67🍀9️⃣🏆🍀 (@Shiv1888) October 14, 2020
Ajeti the main man but Klimala has a part to play
So long as he’s fit enough to feature, you can’t really see Neil Lennon going with anyone other than Albian Ajeti up top against Rangers this weekend.
This is a player who cost the club £5million in the summer to take him from West Ham (Sky Sports). He also has five goals in six Premiership games. Taking that as well as his overall pedigree into account, it makes total sense to give him the jersey when Rangers come to Parkhead.
Then again, there are no guarantees that Ajeti will indeed be fully fit. He hasn’t played since the 3-0 win against Hibernian back on September 27th. Considering he came off with a hamstring knock, Lennon will want to be careful with him ahead of a hectic run of games.
That, therefore, leads to a potential opportunity for Klimala, who may be the club’s only fully-fit striker since Griffiths only played his first 14 minutes of the season two weeks ago.
Regardless, you would expect the Polish front-man to make some form of appearance against Rangers, and what an acid test this would be for him. A chance to really put down a marker and announce his arrival as a Celtic striker.
It hasn’t all been rosy since his January move from Jagiellonia, but derbies have a funny way of shooting you to stardom. Just ask Moussa Dembele.