Former hero Scott McDonald excited by Celtic duo's potential next season

By Lewis Laird

June 21, 2022

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald is excited to see what is to come for the attacking duo of Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis next season.

It was very much a season of two halves for Kyogo and Giakoumakis, with injury issues hampering the two strikers at different points in the campaign.

However, they both finished the season strongly, each grabbing a double in the 6-0 win on the final day against Motherwell.

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After showcasing their goalscoring form during their first season under Ange Postecoglou, the Celtic support are now looking forward to seeing what Kyogo and Giakoumakis can do with a pre-season under their belt.

Ex Socceroos and Celtic striker Scott McDonald has also admitted his excitement surrounding the popular Hoops duo going into next season, with both players fit and firing.

He said [Celtic FC]: “I’m excited to see what he’s (Kyogo) going to bring this season because we have only seen half a year. So, if we can see a fully-fledged, fully fit Kyogo in the next season, my goodness,” he said.

“He was certainly on his way to, 30+ goals and being probably Player of the Season even in that short space of time that he’d had at beginning of the season and winning the League Cup, for Celtic as well.

“And to talk about Giakoumakis, I really like Giakoumakis.

“He just wants goals. He talks about the end of the season and not finishing top scorer and being disappointed by that; he’s just hungry.”

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Kyogo and Giakoumakis are scary prospects for Celtic opposition

As mentioned, both Kyogo and Giakoumakis had their injury issues during last season.

The Greek internationalist was getting up to speed during the first half of the season before becoming a crucial part in the side in 2022.

Whereas Kyogo very much played his part during 2021 before sustaining a long-term hamstring injury and making a return towards the last few games of the season.

So, there weren’t many opportunities for Postecoglou to have both his first and second-choice strikers at his disposal.

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Going into the 2022/23 campaign, the Celtic manager will now have a whole pre-season to work with his attackers and the rest of his squad to build up and perfect the work done last season.

That is an extremely exciting prospect for the Hoops and, at the same time, a scary one for opposition defenders, who will be facing both players.

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