Ange explains Giorgos Giakoumakis and Liam Scales Celtic omissions

By John McGinley

October 4, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou says the international break will be “priceless” for striker Giorgos Giakoumakis as he continues to build his fitness at the club.

Giakoumakis signed for Celtic at the end of the summer transfer window but has only been able to make one fleeting substitute appearance since then.

After his cameo off the bench on Thursday night, fans were hoping to see him again yesterday against Aberdeen, but it was Albian Ajeti who came on instead, without much effect.

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After the match, Postecoglou told The Scottish Sun: “Giorgos Giokoumakis needs a bit of work, he hasn’t really had a pre-season. So we have got some players we can get something out of when we come back from the break. 

“It has been awfully difficult for the players because we have just been really thin.

“Just to get 10 days into Giokoumakis as well will be priceless. Hopefully we can get some work into the ones here and with a bit of luck we can get some back and it will just give us a much stronger base.”

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Meanwhile, Postecoglou has also said Liam Scales “isn’t quite ready” to start Celtic matches after his move from Shamrock Rovers in Ireland.

Scales impressed off the bench against Raith Rovers in the League Cup recently, but it seems that the manager still feels Adam Montgomery is ahead of him in the pecking order.

The Irish defender has plenty of time to make an impact, so there’s no panic, but it’d be grand to see him given more minutes after the international break. I’m hoping we have a player there.

In other news, Tommy Gravesen’s touch of Celtic class after return to Glasgow.