Celtic hero Giorgos Giakoumakis makes exciting vow insisting that his very best is still come

By Lewis Laird

July 15, 2022

Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis has insisted that his best is still to come at Parkhead after an impressive end to the 2021/22 campaign.

The 27-year-old joined the club on transfer deadline day last summer from Dutch side VVV-Venlo, becoming part of Ange Postecoglou’s recruitment overdrive at Parkhead.

There were high expectations of the Greek frontman, off the back of a brilliant season in Holland, which saw Giakoumakis finish top scorer in the Eredivisie.

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However, the forward had a tough first six months at Celtic, facing several injury issues that kept him out of action.

Despite his issues at the start of his Hoops career, Giakoumakis never let it affect his confidence, and he quickly bounced back to become a key player under Ange Postecoglou.

The striker went on to finish the season strongly, ending the campaign as joint top goalscorer in the Scottish Premiership, which was an exceptional feat after a stuttering start in Scotland.

Many fans may have been impressed with Giakoumakis last season. However, the Celtic man has sent out an exciting message to the support, insisting that his best is still to come, with a full pre-season now under his belt.

When asked if there was more to come after a full pre-season, he said [Glasgow Evening Times]: “Yes, of course. Last year, I was struggling a lot. I think I had almost three pre-seasons, or four, I can’t remember.

“It was a season when I was struggling a lot, but I was fighting with my heart because you are not happy about it, and you must have a good pre-season, a hard pre-season, in order to help you during the season that is coming.

“This year is going to be better. I try to improve and push a lot. I try to stay healthy, stay fit, and it’s going to be totally different.”

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Giakoumakis already beginning to show the threat he will provide heading into next season

We may only be three games into pre-season, but Giakoumakis is already showing signs of the challenge opposition defenders are in for.

The Greek internationalist has impressed in both his friendly outings, continuing his goalscoring form by adding his first for the season against Banik Ostrava.

Not only has the striker’s goalscoring ability been impressive, but also his hold-up and link-up play alongside his teammates after spending the last few weeks in intense training.

Having a full pre-season to work under Ange Postecoglou will only help take players such as Giakoumakis to the next level, and we are seeing early signs of that development taking place.

In other news, Former Celtic managerial candidate Jesse Marsch expresses his admiration for Ange Postecoglou.