Celtic’s next hurdle in their turbulent 2020/21 season will see them take on Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership at Celtic Park.
Due to their inconsistent form, the Hoops must begrudgingly give up the fight to bank their tenth consecutive league title. Arch rivals Rangers currently top the table by a mammoth 20 points, having yet to lose a single game. Celtic on the other hand, have struggled enormously.
Even their Europa League run left a lot to be desired. Neil Lennon’s men were left at the bottom of the group table having banked just four points with 19 goals scored against them. Naturally, they crashed out of the competition and will likely be forced to settle for second place in this season’s Premiership.
Focus for Nick Hammond and co must now shift to the January transfer window. Celtic are in desperate need of new recruits across all areas of the pitch – particularly in their defence. However, their attack is also missing a few vitals components and the Hoops are struggling to find the back of the net as of late.
Lennon has managed to bank just the one win in his last five matches, which is extremely unnatural for a side so dominant in this league. When Celtic take on Hamilton, the boss must consider his options in attack and consider utilising the likes of Patryk Klimala during his hour of need.
The Irishman isn’t opposed to taking chances on lesser-seen personnel. His faith in Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull has been repaid in dividends, with the latter tallying seven goal contributions in his last ten appearances for the Bhoys, as per Sofascore.
Star striker Odsonne Edouard has been out of sorts lately and has also been linked with a move away from Parkhead. The Frenchman was dropped from Lennon’s squad last time out and has scored just three goals in his last ten appearances, via Transfermarkt.
Arsenal are keen admirers of Edouard and if he is to leave the club, the boss will be forced to rely on players like Klimala. Particularly with his on-and-off relationship with Leigh Griffiths, the £1.8million-rated Polish forward can be a saving grace for Lennon and Celtic.
Klimala has made just 13 league appearances this season, with a mere two of those coming as starts. It’s high time the striker was given some more room to flex his muscles and show what he can do.