Ange Postecoglou ready to unleash dual Celtic threat for the first time in months

By John McGinley

April 22, 2022

Ange Postecoglou and Celtic have had their fair share of squad injury issues this season. But in the final five games, the manager has two attacking weapons to utilise at the same time for the first time in months.

Both Giorgos Giakoumakis and Kyogo Furuhashi are fit and available to play.

They’ve had overlapping seasons individually but it’s fair to say that Postecoglou is relishing the prospect of now having them both.

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He told a press conference today when asked about having the pair for the run-in: “That is pleasing. We have kind of had one or the other available all season. Having them both available in the last five games is good because we will need them both in these last five games.

“They provide different options for us upfront against different oppositions and they are both quality players who have scored goals in this league. From that perspective, it is good to have them both available.

“With Kyogo last week he probably got more game time than we thought he would because of extra time but he came through it really well and Giakoumakis has only missed a week and hasn’t needed to top up in terms of fitness and he is ready to go as well.”

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It’ll be interesting to see who the manager goes with on Sunday and who he goes with in the derby next weekend.

There’s even a chance both players are on the pitch at the same time, if Postecoglou thinks he can get a shift out of Kyogo on the flank.

For me, Giakoumakis is the man pick in the Highlands this weekend. He’ll be the sharper of the two despite his absence at the weekend. That physical threat could be crucial in breaking down a resilient County.

They’ve scored 29 goals between them this season, despite injury concerns for both, so whoever is given the nod, you’d fancy them to grab the goals we need.

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