Celtic stars respond as Giorgos Giakoumakis announces exit; Ange Postecoglou prediction comes true

By Hamish Carton

February 8, 2023

Giorgos Giakoumakis has announced his departure from Celtic.

The Greek forward, who netted 26 goals in 22 starts for the club (Celtic Fitba Stats), posted the confirmation on Instagram on Wednesday evening.

“Well, that difficult time has arrived,” he wrote, alongside a video compilation of his best Celtic moments.

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“It was an incredible journey! I loved and was loved by the incomparable, amazing Celtic fans! Thank you very much!

“You will forever be in my heart and mind! I will be forever grateful to you! Goodbye. Your GG!”

Almost immediately, the replies from his now former team-mates arrived.

Stephen Welsh said “Good luck ma man” while Anthony Ralston posted a clapping emoji followed by a red love heart.

Joe Hart also posted within an hour, saying: “Good luck big man, with you all the way.”

While news of Giakoumakis’ departure is hardly a surprise, it is still the formal ending of a glorious, but short relationship.

The Greek forward was a huge part of our title winning side last season. His contribution during the months Kyogo Furuhashi was out injured was immense.

Like Josip Juranovic, who departed last month, he’ll be welcomed back at Celtic Park any time.

It is also amusing to see Ange Postecoglou‘s light-hearted prediction come true.

Just last Friday, Celtic’s boss seemed to end the Giakoumakis saga once and for all.

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Postecoglou: “To be honest it is not on my radar anymore so I will probably hear about it at the same time as you guys.

Maybe, if you’re on Instagram, you will hear about it earlier than me.”

As covered at the time, we weren’t sure whether the comment was a direct dig at Giakoumakis or just Postecoglou being himself.

Nevertheless, it proved to be the case that Instagram has once again broken the news, with Celtic tweeting their confirmation nearly an hour later.

We wish Giakoumakis well for the future, and will remember the good times forever.

He will be remembered simply for his goals.

In other news, Fraser Forster is set to return to the Champions League next week