Celtic forward gets some well-earned rest on international duty

By John McGinley

June 9, 2022

Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis did not feature for Greece on international duty tonight, as they ran out 3-0 winners at home to Cyprus in the UEFA Nations League.

Gus Poyet had started Giakoumakis in the country’s previous two matches and the Celtic man was expected in local media to again get the nod this evening.

However, Poyet opted to start AZ Alkmaar forward Evangelos Pavlidis, who got himself on the scoresheet in the rout.

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Giakoumakis didn’t come off the bench either, getting some well-earned rest after a long season with the Bhoys.

The Greece international plays with a physical and battling style, so it will do him no harm at all to get a night off and rest up for another match against Kosovo this coming Sunday.

Giakoumakis and his team will be looking to make it four wins from four at the start of their Nations League campaign. If they manage that, they’ll be in an incredibly strong position to gain promotion back to the B division.

Managers across Europe have been using the full extent of their international squads during this window, with the tournament a taxing addition to the summer schedule for players.

Thankfully, for Celtic, Giakoumakis will get a bit more relaxation after Sunday ahead of pre-season starting early next month.

He’ll be enjoying a couple of weeks more holiday time before joining up with the squad for a trip to Austria in July.

Signing off with a goal for his country would help keep him in Poyet’s plans moving deeper into the year, so good luck to him on that front!

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