Ange Postecoglou confirms Giorgos Giakoumakis Celtic training status after family joy

By Dave Flanigan

July 21, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou delivered his verdict on Celtic’s latest pre-season game in Poland yesterday.

The Australian spoke after Celtic’s 2-2 draw with Legia Warsaw, in which Celtic raced into a Reo Hatate-inspired 2-0 first-half lead before being pegged back by the Polish side early in the second half, the match being played to mark former Hoops star Artur Boruc’s retirement.

As reported by the Daily Record, Postecoglou said: “It was okay. Some good, some not so good. It was typical pre-season stuff, it had a little bit of everything.

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“We missed a few chances as we should have had more in the first half, but that’s the pre-season sharpness bit. Some of our play was good, some of our movement was good, and to get Reo back as well, he looked nice and sharp.

“First half was ok, second half some of it wasn’t great, and I was disappointed but at the same time we’re making so many changes, so it’s going to happen. I don’t think it was defensive lapses, they were just individual errors. You have them at this time of year because players are not feeling 100 per cent going into games.

That’s part of the process as well, and we have to be better at addressing that even when we’re not feeling 100 per cent fresh because we’re working hard and still concentrating. It was disappointing in the second half when we had lapses in concentration which shouldn’t happen.”

Postecoglou also updated supporters on the status of striker Giorgos Giakoumakis, who sat out both yesterday’s game and the Blackburn Rovers draw following the birth of his child.

Postecoglou added: “She’s had the baby, so he’s back and he trained today at Lennoxtown with Aaron and Moritz, and he’ll be fine for Saturday.”

Things coming together for Celtic ahead of the new season

Despite Postecoglou’s muted reaction, things are looking bright for Celtic with the new season looming on the horizon.

The Australian has rarely been one for going overboard with either praise or criticism but will likely be quietly satisfied with what he’s seen from his side so far following the post-season break.

The team have looked imperious in spells of this pre-season, playing their best football in the first halves of games before dropping off after making changes after half-time.

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Hatate’s performance will have been particularly pleasing for his manager, having missed the last two friendlies with a knock, the Japan international was peerless in the first half, scoring a spectacular volleyed opener and expertly assisting Daizen Maeda’s follow-up.

With Giakoumakis returning ahead of Norwich, and both new signings Mooy and Jenz in training, there should be plenty competition for places when Aberdeen visit for the Premiership curtain-raiser on the 31st of July.

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