Celtic striker Giakoumakis "can score between 15 and 20 goals" says former DoF

By Euan Davidson

October 13, 2021

Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis has been backed for a prolific season by his former Director of Football, Stan Valckx.

Valckx, the man who brought the Greek striker to VVV-Venlo, was overawed by Giakoumakis’ impact for the Eredivisie side. Despite being relegated, the new Celtic forward bagged a ridiculous 26 goals.

A late-season injury prevented him from adding to his tally, while disrupting any pre-season Giakoumakis might’ve had. As such, it’s been a slow start to life in Glasgow.

However, Valckx, an ex-Holland international and PSV great, reckons his former signing can hit some lofty heights for the Bhoys this season.

Valckx told the Herald:

“I don’t think it is unrealistic to say that between now and the end of the season he can score between 15 and 20 goals in Scotland.

“That should be realistic.

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“Celtic is a big club of course in an interesting league. It’s a physical league, but normally I would expect him to be in the box more than he was with Venlo. We’re a small club and we have to defend more.

“He scored from all sorts of angles, with his left foot, right foot, bicycle kicks, quite a lot of headers. He had a real diversity in the ways he was able to finish. In the box, he is very good, very effective.”

Anything like 15-20 goals for Celtic would be a fantastic debut campaign for Giakoumakis

If we can get anything over 10 goals from Giorgos Giakoumakis this season, then it’s still good business. 15 or even 20? It’d have been a total steal.

The Greek striker has inadvertently frustrated Celtic supporters thus far. That’s not his fault, and the anger isn’t directed at him personally, but there’s anxiety over his fitness.

Celtic fans have been given a couple of false starts with the Greek striker. He nearly came on against Raith Rovers, but injured himself warming up. When he did make his debut, it was in the latter stages of a doing from Bayer Leverkusen. Not much he really could’ve done there.

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With a firing Giakoumakis, Celtic would have a deadly hypothetical front-line. While supporters would prefer Kyogo in the middle, he can also play off the left of a front three and still be effective. With Abada, Forrest, Jota or Dembele on the other side, there could be real options there.

Will Giakoumakis get to make a proper impression against Motherwell or Ferencvaros? Time will tell.

What we do know, though, is that there are high expectations from outside Celtic. Stan Valckx, responsible for igniting the Heraklion-born striker’s European career, certainly believes in him.

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