Patryk Klimala has been let down by his Celtic teammates, according to Frank McAvennie.
The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, heaped praise on the 22-year-old for the “amazing” runs he made against Aberdeen and bemoaned the rest of the side for not passing to him.
Klimala was named in the starting XI for the first time since October, as the Hoops began the post-Neil Lennon era with a 1-0 win over the Dons.
He has scored three goals in 24 appearances across all competitions this season, of which only four have been starts.
The Polish striker has struggled to establish himself at Parkhead since his arrival in January 2020, but under caretaker boss John Kennedy he looks set to be given more opportunities.
McAvennie claimed Klimala is not part of Celtic’s long-term plans despite his promising performance on Saturday.
“To be fair to Klimala I thought some of his runs at the weekend were different class,” he told Football Insider.
“His runs were amazing but the boys were not giving him the ball. As a striker, I look at the runs being made and his were different class.
“Of course, then he gets a blatant chance and misses it.
“He was spinning the defenders but the other players are not used to that. They are used to Edouard and Ajeti wanting the ball to feet.
“Klimala is not the answer for Celtic long-term. He is not going to score 20 goals a season but I felt sorry for him at the weekend.”