New Celtic signing Patryk Klimala has claimed that he doesn’t expect to be thrown in from the start against Partick Thistle on Saturday.
The new Hoops acquisition will be available for selection this weekend. He only signed for the club earlier in the week, but the £3.5million splashed out suggests that he’s going to be an important cog in the side (Scottish Sun).
Our first match of the second half of the season sees us kick off our Scottish Cup campaign at Firhill. Whilst Celtic won’t be taking the match lightly, it does give Neil Lennon some freedom to try some new things with his starting line-up.
But, according to the new signing, that may not include giving him his starting debut. Speaking in the Scottish Sun, Klimala said the following:
“I’m not sure how long it’s going to take me.
“I feel I’m ready, but I don’t expect to be straight in the team just three days after signing. I’m prepared for gradual progress to the team.
“I’m ready to fight for a spot, but at the end of the day it will be the coach’s decision.”
Spot on the bench feels most likely
As is the case with many new signings, it feels as though Klimala will likely start on the bench this weekend. Celtic will want to come out firing after the international break. Odsonne Edouard must start at Firhill as we should be taking no prisoners.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Klimala won’t be involved. He’ll likely come on from the bench if Lenny names him in the squad for the match. However, there are going to be plenty of games coming up for the striker to sink his teeth into.
It will be interesting to see whose place he takes on the bench too. With Vakoun Bayo and Leigh Griffiths now down in the pecking order, it seems likely that one of those will drop out.
But after what we’ve seen in the first 12 months when it comes to options from the bench, it would be nice to see Neil go with two strikers in reserve to really mix things up if necessary.
Klimala will be looking to get off the mark on Saturday whether he starts or not. Partick represents the ideal match to do just that given their status in the Scottish Championship.
Hopefully he gets that opportunity, but it doesn’t look as though he’s too confident that it’ll be from the start.