Patryk Klimala and Albian Ajeti will have no involvement in this weekend’s Scottish Cup clash between Celtic and Rangers.
That’s according to former Celtic hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about who will be chosen to lead the line in Sunday’s Old Firm.
Klimala and Ajeti only have nine Scottish Premiership goals between them this season with the last league goal scored by either player being Ajeti’s February 2 strike against Kilmarnock.
Odsonne Edouard failed to get on the scoresheet in last weekend’s 6-0 demolition of Livingston but McAvennie claims there is no way Ajeti or Klimala will be considered to replace him.
McAvennie insists only Edouard and Leigh Griffiths could be considered to start against Rangers and even suggested a change of system to accommodate both strikers.
“Edouard’s touch wasn’t quite there against Livingston but he’ll be there this weekend,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“There are only two players who can start, him or Griffiths, no disrespect to the other boys and I know I’m going to get in trouble for this but the other boys haven’t done it for me, Klimala and Ajeti.
“There’s no way they’ll play so it’ll be Griffiths or Edouard, or both, John [Kennedy] might change it and play two. I’d be very surprised if he did play two because the system against Livington worked.
“I can’t see John changing a winning system so Griffiths will probably be on the bench while Edouard leads the line.”
Ajeti, 24, started the season in fine form as he picked up five goals in his first six Scottish Premiership games as a Celtic player but his form has drastically deteriorated since.
Klimala, 22, has also struggled this season with the most recent of his three league goals coming in October’s win away at St Johnstone.