Chris Sutton has explained that Celtic striker Patryk Klimala is someone that is growing on him as a player and he believes he will get the nod to start in the weekend’s league showdown with rivals Rangers.
Klimala has started the new season with three goals in his opening 11 appearances for the Bhoys, including one in the win against St Johnstone in the final game before the international break.
The 22-year-old is an all-action centre-forward that has a great work-rate in the final third and it looks like he’s finding some real confidence in his game.
He was signed for £3.5million (BBC) back in January by the Scottish giants and it’s been a fairly slow start, but it looks like he could turn out to be a shrewd bit of business over time.
Pundit and ex-Bhoys star Sutton has admitted that Klimala is an individual he’s beginning to like, which is a testament to high bright start to the campaign.
He’s predicting the young Polish forward to start on Saturday against Rangers, taking into account that Odsonne Edouard, Albian Ajeti and Leigh Griffiths may not be available.
“If I’m honest, when I first saw Klimala, I didn’t think that he was anywhere near up to the mark,” Sutton said.
“But he’s growing on me and I think he’s growing on the Celtic fans. They know they’re going to get a good, honest shift in, they know that he can be nuisance value. I think his finishing can improve, but I like how he’s improving in a Celtic jersey. So if you’re asking me at this moment in time who is going to start up top, I think it will be Patryk Klimala.”
All Scottish eyes will be fixed on Parkhead this Saturday afternoon, as Celtic host bitter enemies Rangers in the biggest game of the league season so far.
Neil Lennon’s side currently sit a point behind leaders Rangers having played a game less and know a victory will take them top, but it’s a chance for either side to send out a real message.
Celtic will have put an added pressure on themselves to retain the title this season, as it would be a 10th consecutive top-flight crown and it’s something the supporters are desperate for.
They might not be full strength going into the game and they are coming up a Rangers side that on their day are a brilliant outfit with their own title aspirations, but they will be confident of three points if they perform to their maximum.