If you told us beforehand there was going to be one glaring Celtic error at the start of the game today against Clyde, many of us would’ve been panicking.
There was, but thankfully it was made off the pitch in the form of Patryk Klimala’s jersey. On the field, it was a routine 3-0 success for the Hoops.
For the eagle-eyed amongst the support, you may have noticed that Klimala was wearing a jersey that misspelled his own name. Instead of “Klimala”, the shirt got its letters the wrong way round and said “Kilmala”. It was then rectified in the second half when he came out with a correctly-spelled jersey on.
However, fans were quick to notice it as the club didn’t get away with things that easily. Reacting to the mistake on Twitter, here’s a look at what some in the Celtic support had to say:
… now called Kilmala?
Is Jimmy Bell now in charge of our shirts? 🙈
— Aye McClane | 10 of 10 (@ayemcclane) February 9, 2020
Lennon taking Kilmala off for Klimala hasn't made much of a difference.
— Bilko the Budgie (@BiggusMannus) February 9, 2020
“Kilmala” nice printing job there Celtic
— Eunan (@Eunan_98) February 9, 2020
Klimala's name being spelled incorrectly on his shirt just made me remember how Sviatchenko had "Svaitchenko" on the back of his shirt in the 5-1 derby win at home 😭😭
— SM (@SM1967_) February 9, 2020
Celtic spelling Klimala’s name wrong on the back of his top is amateurish
— Paddy B (@pbig84) February 9, 2020
Klimala’s name misspelt on his top. Good start
— Manus G (@DannyGallOK) February 9, 2020
Polish Paddy gets his first start and they cannae even spell his name right…Kilmala?? 🙈😂😂
— Angie Murphy (@angie__murphy) February 9, 2020
Surely it's not too much to ask that Celtic can get players name right on their strips… Kilmala???
— Uncle-Henk (@henriktheexcelt) February 9, 2020
They have spelt it wrong 😆
— Joe (@icecoldbulmers) February 9, 2020
Not exactly a sackable offence
This is the kind of thing that gets blown out of proportion far too easily. Yes it’s silly and doesn’t look too sharp, but is it really hurting anyone?
At the end of the day, it’s simply human error. It happens to the best of us, and at least it was rectified in the second half.
You would’ve actually thought that Klimala himself may have raised the issue pre-match. He would’ve seen his jersey kong before kick-off. Celtic would surely have had spares with the right name on them. Regardless, he took to the field and that was that.
Misspelled player names aren’t unheard of in the world of football. The LA Galaxy got one of football’s most famous names wrong in Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he made his debut for the club back in a 2-0 win against Toronto last year (The Sun).
So long as it’s a one-off and doesn’t happen anytime soon then we can surely let it slide. As is always the case, however, nothing gets past Twitter.
Klimala had a glorious chance to open his Celtic account against Clyde today when he spurned a one-v-one in the first half. He did, however, get his first assist for the club when he set-up Scott Brown for goal number two.