Ange Postecoglou states Celtic striker Giakoumakis is "nowhere near match-fit"
Ange Postecoglou has discussed why it’s taken nearly a month for Celtic fans to get a glimpse of new man Giorgos Giakoumakis.
The Greek centre-forward signed on transfer deadline day, but Hoops supporters have still to see him make his debut. The same couldn’t be said of fellow deadline-day signings Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota – both of whom already have three Celtic appearances to their name.
Thankfully, Giakoumakis is set to make some sort of appearance tonight against Raith Rovers. Postecoglou confirmed his availability yesterday, meaning the Celtic fans will finally catch a glimpse of last season’s Eredivisie top scorer.
And Postecoglou has explained why it took so long to integrate him in after a non-existent pre-season.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Postecoglou said: “He had a disrupted pre-season and didn’t get any friendly games so he’s obviously nowhere near match fit so it makes sense to start him off the bench.
“The best way to get him up to speed is to get him game time.
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“We still have four games before the international break and if we can get some meaningful game time into him then use that break to top him up then he should be ready to go after.”
Plenty of opportunities for Ange Postecoglou to hand Giakoumakis minutes
What this is by Postecoglou is effectively a warning. A warning not to expect too much too soon from the £2.5m man [Sky Sports].
The Greek certainly has a hard act to follow. After all, it didn’t exactly take Kyogo Furuhashi long to make an impact. Not that Celtic fans are expecting that level of influence so early on, but it’ll be ideal to get a look at his key traits.
Celtic haven’t long lacked a presence in the final third. When Odsonne Edouard was in the mood, you could argue he was that. But over the last 12 months, our options up top have been limited. The hope is that Giakoumakis will prove to be that aerial threat we need.
Of course, at the same time, what can’t be denied is that he’ll still take a while to build up. Thankfully, there will be plenty of opportunities to get him up to speed before the October international break.
These upcoming games against Raith Rovers and Dundee United look like ideal chances for him. Whilst only the player and Postecoglou will know how long it will take for him to be 100% fit, it looks as though that could be a fair bit away.
But all Celtic fans want just now is a look. It’s promising to hear we’ll get that tonight at least.