Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has praised the hard work of Patryk Klimala in pre-season and says he’d be happy to form a strike partnership with the January arrival, speaking to The Celtic View this week (12/08 print edition, page 14).
The French and Polish U21 internationals were both on target against Hamilton Academical on the opening day of the season but have yet to really be unleashed together on the pitch.
This season Neil Lennon has opted to use Edouard as solo central striker supported by Ryan Christie, James Forrest and Mohamed Elyounoussi.
Sunday’s poor result at Kilmarnock has prompted calls from some Celtic fans for Lennon to change things up and revert to last season’s successful two-striker formation.
Edouard is happy to do that too, though has made it clear it’s really for the manager to decide.
As quoted by The Celtic View (12/08 print edition, page 14), he said of Klimala: “He worked very hard during pre-season and in lockdown before that, and he’s scoring a lot of goals at the moment. It’s good for him, his confidence, and for the team as well.
“Some people have asked if we can play up top together – that’s not for me to say, that’s for the manager. If he wants to play with two strikers, we will play with two strikers. If he decides just one, we make that work too.
“If he wants to pair Patryk and me, then I’m happy to do that. I am happy to play with anyone the manager chooses and I trust those choices.”
Klimala is still very much on the fringes of the starting eleven, with five of his six appearances since January coming from the bench.
With Albian Ajeti reported to be on his way into the club he may find it more difficult than ever to muscle his way into the manager’s starting plans, even if there is a formation change.
However, if he continues to show the hard work and determination, as well as the quality, outlined by Edouard here, he shouldn’t be too worried.
It’s still very early days for the youngster but the signs are there he can become a successful Celtic signing.