Celtic star Giorgos Giakoumakis' 2022 form has been brilliantly received in Greece

By David Walton

March 17, 2022

Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis’ 2022 form has been superbly received in Greece as his Hoops form continues to push our title hopes.

Giakoumakis has had a superb start to the year with 8 goals bagged since taking up the reins left by Kyogo Furuhashi. The former VVV-Venlo man has netted hugely important strikes in both the Premiership and the Scottish Cup.

It comes after a first half of the season in which it didn’t look as though things were going to work out for the big Greek. His time at Celtic was going slowly due to injuries and having missed pre-season.

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However, after storming into fine form in the first half of 2022, his actions have grabbed attention back home in Greece. At least according to former Greek U21 international Tassos Venetis.

As quoted by the Record, he said: “I am delighted to see Giakoumakis do so well at Celtic. A lot of what he has been doing has been all over the sports channels and on the internet in Greece. It is like Giakoumakis is back again. It’s great to see.

“Giakoumakis is perfectly suited for Scottish football because he is a good striker. He is also big, strong and physical. He has scored a lot of goals for Celtic since he got over his injuries and I believe he will be a very big player for them.

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“He is a goalscorer and a match-winner and he can be the sort of player that helps a club like Celtic win titles and trophies. I really believe in this boy that he can make the difference. He is back in the Greek national team as well so that is a mark of how well he is doing.”

Giorgos Giakoumakis’ Greece call will only help Celtic confidence

As we now know, Giakoumakis has been included in Gus Poyet’s first Greece squad. It ends a 1-year international exile in which the former AEK Athens star has struggled to win his spot back.

It remains to be seen if he goes straight into the first-team. Bearing in mind both of their friendlies against Romania and Montenegro are friendlies, there should be plenty of opportunity there for him. It’s clear that Poyet wants to take a look at him, so this would be the perfect chance for some minutes with his country.

It would be interesting to know how much the coverage of his Celtic exploits in Greece helped to persuade Poyet to call him up too. After all, if he wasn’t, there likely would’ve been question marks as to why given his recent form.

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Fingers crossed this also isn’t a one-off. Whether Giakoumakis would’ve been called up had this been competitive action is up for debate. The truth is that he still has plenty to prove both to the Celtic support and his home nation.

But it should, at the very least, boost his confidence levels further. He’ll know now that he’s being watched closely by Poyet and that there’s a genuine opportunity for him here. If he finishes the season how he’s started 2022, then there’s a good chance he’ll be heavily involved in their Nations League campaign in June.

For now, hopefully he gets some minutes next week and manages to take his opportunity.

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