Davie Provan still finds room for a Celtic negative despite St Johnstone win

By David Walton

October 26, 2021

Surprise surprise, Davie Provan has managed to highlight a big Celtic negative despite their win over St Johnstone win on Saturday.

Celtic secured a vital 3 points against the Saints thanks to goals from Giorgos Giakoumakis and Josip Juranovic respectively. The former was given the nod to start up top over Kyogo Furuhashi – the latter playing on the right instead.

As we all know, Kyogo’s influence wanes when operating as a right-winger. You certainly see the best of him when Liel Abada or anyone else is occupying that right-sided role instead.

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And Provan has decided to make a bigger deal out of it than is necessary on the Go Radio Football Show. Speaking about the situation, Davie said the following: “I don’t care what the result was. I would have the same opinion if Celtic had won five nothing yesterday. Kyogo is Celtic’s best striker and he’s half the player when he’s out on the touchline.

“Now I get it that when the ball comes down the left hand side he becomes a second striker and he gets into the box. But when the play’s being built on the right, he is a bystander. He’s out on the touchline, he can’t affect the game. And he’s the best finisher the club has.

“I think Giakoumakis will do well but I just don’t get it with Kyogo. I really don’t. Ange will need to find a system that will accommodate his best players and Kyogo arguably is the best.”

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There’s absolutely nothing to complain about here. There is always going to be times when Kyogo needs either a rest or we need fresher legs up top. That’s what Giakoumakis brings, a different approach to the number 9 role.

There will be games where Kyogo’s movement just isn’t working off the centre-back. A more physical approach could be the way forward, and that’s something Postecoglou will have to judge for himself the further we get into the campaign.

But look at when we have the likes of Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton, and John Hartson. Big John would often come in and out of the team and always looked sharp when given the chance. There’s no reason Kyogo and Giakoumakis can’t do similar with the lone-striker role.

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Who knows? It may also give Ange the urge to go with 2 up top on occasion too. Now that he’s got 2 viable frontmen, it’s a plausible option for the Celtic boss in the coming weeks.

As always, we’ll see what the future brings. But Giakoumakis has provided Postecoglou with an alternative option. It’s difficult to see any negatives stemming from that.

Saturday was another big plus for the football club. To highlight negatives? It feels unnecessary at the moment.

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