Celtic boss Postecoglou gives disappointing Giakoumakis update

By Euan Davidson

September 23, 2021

Celtic will be without Giorgos Giakoumakis for even longer, after the striker picked up a calf injury warming up against Raith Rovers.

Giakoumakis has already taken his time building match fitness. A shoulder injury sustained while at VVV-Venlo, combined with negotiating a move, meant he had no pre-season to get to grips with life at Celtic.

Tonight looked like the night, but there was confusion when Ange Postecoglou brought on a number of substitutions, but no Giakoumakis.

Asked why by Premier Sports, the Celtic boss said [Premier Sports]:

“Yeah, I don’t know what it is mate, I’ve definitely walked under a ladder. He did his calf in the warm-up, so I’ve just sent him off to do a scan now.

“He’s picked up an injury, unfortunately.”

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Dreadful news for Celtic striker Giakoumakis after what should’ve been his debut

How much more bad luck will befall the Celtic manager?

He’s missing his captain, arguably his best centre-back, his main striker and now, a man who was all set to make his debut. On the very night fans wanted to welcome Giakoumakis, he picked up an injury that requires a scan.

From what Postecoglou said, there’s no timescale on the injury. However, it’s bad news, whatever way you look at it. It was hoped that, before the international break, Giakoumakis would build up match fitness for the Bhoys.

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Sadly, that won’t be the case. How fortunate it is that Celtic have brought in a Head of Sports Science, because picking up injuries in warm-ups is just not meant to happen.

Signed from VVV-Venlo after an outrageous season of scoring in the Eredivisie, there’s understandable excitement about the Greek striker. But it might well be another frustrating wait before we see 20-21’s 26-goal dynamo pulling on the Hoops.

After what seemed like a drama-free night, there’s always the prospect something annoying will emerge. This, it seems, is that.

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