Giorgos Giakoumakis turned up at Lennoxtown during winter holiday to be ready for Celtic

By John McGinley

January 16, 2022

Giorgos Giakoumakis was not one of the players who took a winter break from Celtic strength and conditioning training, working right through to be ready for a big Bhoys return.

Ange Postecoglou confirmed to The Scottish Mail on Sunday today [16/01 print edition, page 158] that most of his squad were given outright time off between December 27th and the end of last week but that the Greek striker worked right through at Lennoxtown to get a boost on his fitness.

The summer signing is now primed to get minutes in the manager’s team in the second half of the season, either as a starter or off the bench.

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The relaxed substitutes rule, which means Postecoglou can now use five in a match, should boost his chance of minutes even further over the next few weeks.

With Kyogo Furuhashi expected to be absent for tomorrow’s match against Hibernian, there’s even a chance he gets a start at Celtic Park, if the manager decides Daizen Maeda is better used on the wing.

Giakoumakis’ re-introduction to Celtic may well be more gradual, but it is pleasing to hear he is putting in extra effort to try and make it into the manager’s plans.

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Postecoglou would expect no less of course. That’s the culture he’s created at Lennoxtown since arriving in the summer. If you aren’t willing to put in the hard yards, you don’t get the benefits of enjoying Celtic’s attacking football on the pitch. He’s made that clear many times.

Thankfully our Greek striker appears to have bought into all that. Here’s hoping for a sustained impact.

In other news, Celtic announce ticket deadline as club break new ground with UEFA.