Pat Bonner highlights Giorgos Giakoumakis Celtic concern

By David Walton

November 7, 2021

Pat Bonner believes Giorgos Giakoumakis has a long way to go at Celtic before he can be considered an acceptable second-striker.

Giakoumakis has had a tough week after missing a penalty against Livingston last Saturday. He followed it up with an appearance in Hungary against Ferencvaros before another cameo against Dundee this afternoon.

With the Hoops cruising at 4-1, Ange Postecoglou decided to ring the changes. Once again, he took off the likes of Kyogo and Jota, with Giakoumakis and James Forrest coming on.

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The former would go on to have a potshot that flew way over before missing a sitter in the closing stages. It’s fair to say Bonner wasn’t impressed either.

Speaking via BBC Sportsound [BBC Radio Scotland, 07/11, 14:22], Bonner said: “No he doesn’t (catch the eye), but you do have to get him games. That will be the excuse probably, that he isn’t match-fit, he’s not sharp and he needs to get games.

“But what I’ve noticed is that he’s got a long way to go, a long, long way to go to almost be what you would expect from a second striker whether you’re going to play 2 up front or not.

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“He doesn’t look as if he has the sharpness or the fitness.”

Giorgos Giakoumakis needs to shake off Celtic cobwebs quickly

It’s clear that the striker is still suffering from his poor penalty miss against Livingston last week. It must’ve been going through his mind from the moment he walked onto the pitch against Dundee this afternoon.

When he collected the Forrest cutback that he would end up blazing over, there was no denying it – Giakoumakis should’ve been scoring. Something was going on in his head that made him overcomplicate it. No prizes for guessing what may have caused that.

The Greek striker has to shake off the cobwebs over the course of the international break. We can’t go into the next period of games still unable to rely on him. The truth is that he needs to be offering more when given the opportunity.

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Ange Postecoglou will continue to provide him with those moments of course. He’s still the second-choice striker, and there will be fixtures coming up in December that will give Giakoumakis a big opportunity to make amends.

However, Celtic need to start seeing more confidence from him in the final third. Coming on in an away game in Europe and winning some free-kicks is one thing. Breaking his scoring duck and being an out-and-out goalscoring centre-forward is another.

Fingers crossed he can rise to the challenge.

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