By Frank McAvennie

11th Sep, 2020 | 7:46pm

Macca Exclusive: Celtic must start rarely seen 22-year-old after big injury update

Frank McAvennie believes Celtic striker Patryk Klimala deserves his first start start for the Hoops after “working his backside off”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Celtic striker delivered his verdict as Neil Lennon issued a fresh update on Odsonne Edouard’s fitness.

At his press conference on Friday, the Celtic boss said the forward was “available” after featuring for France Under 21s last week.

Eduoard missed the Bhoys’ last two games with Lennon controversially opting to not field a recognised striker against Motherwell and in Celtic’s defeat to Ferencvaros TC in the Champions League.

Klimala, 22, has come off the bench six times for Celtic in the Scottish Premiership since moving from Polish side Jagiellonia Białystok in January.

McAvennie told Football Insider“If he doesn’t fancy (Albian) Ajeti and (Patryk) Klimala then that’s a problem.

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“I’ve not seen (Leigh) Griffiths about the place so I don’t know what’s happening with him.

“The sooner something happens there the better.

“If Lenny (Neil Lennon) doesn’t fancy them then he should shift them out because you don’t need two people he doesn’t fancy, get rid of one of them.

“I think Klimala has been working his backside off and scored a couple of goals so I think he deserves a start.

“When everybody’s fit he’s going to have a problem and it’s a great problem to have because he’s got that many players.

“That’s why I think they’ll and win the league because they’ve got that many good players.

“It’s a headache for a manager but what a headache when you can bring quality players in, not many clubs can do that.

“Celtic are going to do that this year. They’ve got a great squad and pretty much everyone of them is an international.”

In other Celtic news, Alex McLeish has revealed how teams will target new signing Shane Duffy’s “weakness”.