Giorgos Giakoumakis confirms where he wants to end his career after Celtic spell

By David Walton

May 19, 2022

Giorgos Giakoumakis has stated that he wants to end his career with OFI Crete when the time comes.

The Greek forward is looking ahead to a huge campaign with the Hoops which will see him return to the UEFA Champions League for the first time since his days with VVV-Venlo.

Giakoumakis has just come off a stunning debut campaign in Scotland that saw him become the joint top-scorer in the Premiership despite being injured for half a season.

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He’s been back in his homeland after Saturday’s trophy day win against Motherwell, and he was asked about his plans to one day return to the club he joined for a short loan spell in 2019.

As quoted by Greek outlet Neakriti, the Hoops star said: “Yes, of course it is true [on wanting a future move to OFI]. I was very close to signing with OFI as a free agent and not on loan.

“I really wanted to but in the end AEK decided to keep me on the roster. I did not have much room, so I agreed. I would ideally like to end my career with the team I love, OFI.”

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Giakoumakis eyeing up retirement plan with OFI Crete after Celtic career

Giakoumakis was born in Crete and clearly grew up supporting his hometown Heraklion-based team. At 27 however, there’s still plenty of time for him to be operating at the highest level.

He’ll have big ambitions after a stunning last 2 years of his career. After finishing as the Eredivisie’s top scorer, he’s then managed to do the same in Scotland. In addition to that, he’s back in the international fold with Gus Poyet.

His next step is simple – become a mainstay in the Champions League and start to build a reputation for himself in Europe’s biggest club competition. That has to be the target. We already know he can do the damage domestically, but Europe will be a different proving ground for him.

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Giakoumakis was unfortunate to have such a small impact for us in the Europa League. Outside of a couple of cameo appearances in the group stages, that was generally his whack. He was nowhere near ready at that stage to be thrown into continental action.

Nowadays, things couldn’t be more different. After he goes through his pre-season schedule, we’ll hopefully see an even better and more settled Giakoumakis than the one we experienced this season. A frightening thought for Scottish football no doubt.

Where his talent takes him next season is going to be a fascinating watch for supporters.

In other news, Report: Christopher Jullien attracting interest after recent Celtic frustrations