Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou gives Giorgos Giakoumakis a further boost ahead of derby
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has taken the time to laud the form of Giorgos Giakoumakis as he believes the best is yet to come from the Greek.
Giakoumakis has had a sizzling 2022 so far with 11 goals to his name in a Celtic jersey. It’s a tremendous run of form that’s seen him earn his way back into the Greece setup under new manager Gus Poyet.
The former VVV-Venlo star was in the starting XI for Greece’s 1-0 win over Romania on Friday night. He also managed to score a perfectly legitimate goal that was wrongly flagged for offside in a harsh call.
And as he prepares to face Montenegro tomorrow night, Ange has been biggin up his number 7 in the media. As quoted by the Scottish Sun, he said: “Giako had a disrupted time in the first few years of his professional career. Sometimes when that happens it just means they blossom a bit later and hit their peak a bit later. Hopefully his best years are well ahead of him, not just in the next couple.
“He had a great season in Holland last year and that brought him to the attention of a lot of clubs, not just us. From our perspective, when I looked at him, the type of player he was and then spoke to him and realised the type of person he was, I thought he would be a good fit. It has worked out well for him. Sometimes in football these things are about timing or opportunity.
“When he missed the penalty against Livi that wasn’t a great way to start his Celtic career. What was important was how he reacted, because that pressure was never going to change. That’s the expectation when you are a striker here and you have to embrace that responsibility. Giako wanted that and that’s why he is getting the rewards.”
Giorgos Giakoumakis has a chance to make himself a true Celtic hero at Ibrox
This is the man Ange will almost certainly use to spearhead our attack at Ibrox. The man who’ll be responsible for shooting down Rangers and obliterating their 2021/22 title-hopes.
Giakoumakis has 11 goals to his name this year, but none would be more important than any he could net next Sunday. Not just in terms of the title-race, but with regards to the emotional connection a starring performance would have with the performance.
We already got a glimmer of what the Greek forward can do to that Rangers backline back in February. He absolutely bullied Connor Goldson in particular. And it led to him getting some big opportunities in the penalty area that he just couldn’t take.
He was a major part as to why Rangers were so rattled on that particular evening. And if he’s on his game next Sunday, he could be the man to effectively win the title for the Hoops barring a spectacular collapse.
The opportunity given to him here is once in a career-like. A chance to bury our rivals in their own backyard whilst effectively securing the title in the process? Giakoumakis will surely thrive under that sort of pressure and environment.
And if he does, he’ll jump to a new level of fame amongst the Celtic support.