Neil Lennon watched his Celtic side earn a largely comfortable 3-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Wednesday evening – but many Hoops fans cannot understand why he chose to bring Mikey Johnston on in the 80th minute.
The win sees Celtic remain at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, two points ahead of Old Firm rivals Rangers who also picked up three points with a 1-0 win over St. Mirren – thanks to Jermain Defoe’s first-half strike.
Odsonne Edouard gave Celtic the lead after excellent work from right-back Jeremie Frimpong, before Frimpong helped create the second. His run down the right flank saw him find Callum McGregor, before the latter found Leigh Griffiths.
80' – First #CelticFC change:
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 22, 2020
The Scot did the rest. Nicke Kabamba got on the end of an Alan Power effort to direct it past Fraser Forster, but Christopher Jullien took his Celtic tally to five goals for the season in the 73rd minute from a corner – as Griffiths turned provider.
However, in the 80th minute, Lennon chose to ignore the lure of new January signing Patryk Klimala and instead bring on Johnston for Griffiths – despite Polish star Klimala being a number nine, and Johnston more of a winger.
Celtic fans reacted to the club’s official Tweet, questioning why Lennon had decided to use Scotland international Johnston instead of Klimala – with many desperate to see the new £3.4million man in action.
That isn't klimala
— 4️⃣9️⃣ (@MartinTheTim_) January 22, 2020
2 strikers on the bench that cost a combined £5.5M and we bring on a winger to play up front 🤦♂️🤣
— Celtic FC Supporter (@YBawbag) January 22, 2020
Get Klimala on
— Swatt1888 (@MonEhHoops67) January 22, 2020
— Brian (@brianso21) January 22, 2020
That’s a weird way of spelling Klimala
— 🍀 (@KingEddyCSC) January 22, 2020
Put on Klimala u cowards
— Ed Żelaski (@edzelaski) January 22, 2020
Bizarre, bring Paddy on, not Johnston as a striker!
— Jude The Obscure (@judejoemac) January 22, 2020