How to specify the private SSH-key to use when executing shell command on Git?

A rather unusual situation perhaps, but I want to specify a private SSH-key to use when executing a shell (git) command from the local computer.

Basically like this:

git clone [email protected]:TheUser/TheProject.git -key "/home/christoffer/ssh_keys/theuser"

Or even better (in Ruby):

with_key("/home/christoffer/ssh_keys/theuser") do
  sh("git clone [email protected]:TheUser/TheProject.git")
end

I have seen examples of connecting to a remote server with Net::SSH that uses a specified private key, but this is a local command. Is it possible?

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