Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou gives encouraging Giakoumakis update

By Euan Davidson

September 22, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has given an exciting update on summer signing Giorgos Giakoumakis.

Despite having suffered a shoulder injury prior to signing for Celtic, little information has come from the club in terms of his recovery and readiness.

As such, it’s been a source of frustration for Celtic supporters. When we’re lacking strikers, why can’t we bring on the Eredivisie top scorer?

However, Raith Rovers may provide the opposition for Giakoumakis’ Celtic debut.

In today’s press conference, Postecoglou confirmed that the Greek striker had trained well ahead of tomorrow’s Premier Sports Cup meeting.

The Celtic manager said [Celtic FC]:

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“He’ll be part of the squad tomorrow. It’s his first game for the season, we don’t expect him to come in and be flying. Like every other player, it’s going to take a little bit of time to come up to speed and get some match fitness.

“But the good thing is, he’s had a good, solid week of training. He feels pretty good, and [we can] hopefully get him some game time tomorrow and build from there.”

At last: will Celtic fans get to see Giorgos Giakoumakis in action?

The real sadness is that rather than an easy transition into life at Celtic, Giakoumakis has been hyped up to the nines ahead of his debut.

That’s not anyone’s fault as such. It’s more that his mysterious absence since signing for the club has caused stories of its own. Giakoumakis really won’t have wanted that.

But it’s a mystery as to why there’s a mystery. Giakoumakis was out of VVV-Venlo’s last Eredivisie tie, and as such, missed international duty and the chance of a proper pre-season.

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Speculation around his future, negotiations with clubs and a back and forth between VVV, Giakouamkis and interested parties means he’s had a busy summer.

So, we need to be wary of not expecting too much from Giakoumakis straight away, as Postecoglou says. It is, inescapably, quite exciting to see what he’ll be able to do once he’s fully fit.

In Kyogo, we have a striker who can make darting, unexpected runs, and finish from anywhere. In Ajeti, a reliable force from close range. And in Giakoumakis, a presence who can defend from the front, gets into great positions and “thrives on chaos” [67 Hail Hail YouTube].

Not bad, all told.

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