Giorgos Giakoumakis' class Celtic TV comments after Alloa success

By David Walton

January 23, 2022

Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis has stated that his “season starts from now” after breaking a 3-month scoring duck against Alloa Athletic last night.

The powerful Greek cushioned home a delightful finish against the Wasps en route to a 2-1 Scottish Cup success away from home. The Hoops will now face Raith Rovers at Celtic Park in the last-16.

The goal arrived on his first start since a frustrating knee injury kept him out for a couple of months. That particular knock coming just when it looked as though the player was getting into his stride.

Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images

But as he looks ahead to 2022 finally fully-fit, Giakoumakis appears ready to deliver big in the title run-in. He was speaking after the win over Alloa on Celtic TV, and it’s fair to say he provided some class remarks as he came across determined to prove himself:

“Yes, I’m happy. Happy that I am back with the squad, back with the team. I’m healthy, I scored a goal and tried to help my team as much as possible. It gives a lot of confidence to the strikers [to score]. It’s mostly our job to score the goals and help the team win the games. That’s my job.

“I will try to stay fit, score some goals, and be with my teammates out there. It was a really rough time for me. I had to stay out for a serious part. I had lots of surgery, but I’m back and this is the most important thing for me, that I’m back. I’m fit and from now on I can say that the season starts for me.

Alloa Athletic 1-2 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

Alloa Athletic 1-2 Celtic | LIVE Reaction
67 Hail Hail (Youtube)

“The season starts from now. I will give my best on the training, try to improve myself and be fit again after being out for a long time. You lose your confidence and your fitness [when out]. I have gained that back and now I will try to help my team.”

Giorgos Giakoumakis ready to deliver in a Celtic jersey

It’s worth noting that even though Giorgos has only netted twice since his summer arrival from VVV-Venlo, the technique in both finishes have been incredible.

His first goal came against St Johnstone back in October – a well-taken volley from close-range that looked a lot more difficult than it was to guide home. You then had last night’s delightful finish high into the roof of the net with a first-time finish. These are goals of a certain quality that reflect the qualities Giakoumakis has within him. It’s all about getting it out on a regular basis.

The fact he’s only had 3 starts for the club and has netted twice shouldn’t be underestimated. Whilst there will still be concerns over how effective he can be in Ange Postecoglou’s system, Giakoumakis has shown some promising traits in the limited time we’ve seen him on the pitch.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

It’s not as if Giakoumakis has shown absolutely nothing when he’s been on the pitch. He could easily have had a hat-trick against Alloa last night, for example. He’s managing to get involved in goalscoring opportunities due to his movement and power when up against opposition defenders.

There is no denying he could be more clinical in front of goal, but you could also say that about Kyogo. It’s been far too early to judge Giakoumakis as a Celtic player. He’s had horrible luck of it since his arrival and it’s been a frustrating time for him.

A big 5 months now lie in wait as he looks to make a colossal impact in the title run-in. Given what he’s shown in the glimpses we’ve seen so far, don’t be surprised if that impact is substantial.

In other news, Matt O’Riley looks set to be handed a hostile Celtic debut at Tynecastle on Wednesday