Giorgos Giakoumakis was the Celtic hero this afternoon in Perth after his injury-time goal sparked wild celebratory scenes in the away end at McDiarmid Park.

In truth, it was a difficult afternoon for the Greek. Coming in for Kyogo Furuhashi, Giakoumakis didn’t actually have the best of games prior to his goal.

Nonetheless, it’s his job to stick in the back of the net at critical times and he did exactly that.

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He also gave a belting post-match interview to Celtic TV where he revealed he had imagined scoring a winner after St Johnstone equalised just moments before.

Speaking to the club channel, Giakoumakis said: “I don’t want to play the big guy now but the moment we conceded the goal, and we kicked off, I was looking at the goalpost and I was imagining how good it was going to be to score the last minute goal.

“I dreamed it and believed in that. Bernabei did an amazing assist. That’s how we won the game. I think we should have won this game a bit easier, it wasn’t the best game from us. We know that, we have to improve. We have to find ourselves again.

“I celebrated this goal a little bit more passionately than normal. I really needed that goal. I need to start believing in myself a little bit more. This was my first start in the league this season. It wasn’t that good for me.”

He’s some lad, our Giakoumakis. He plays with emotion and heart – you really can’t help but root for him even when he doesn’t have his best game.

The Greek international admits that of himself today, but I’m sure that goal will give him loads of confidence as we move forward deeper into the season.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou delivers verdict on Bernabei & Haksabanovic after first Celtic league starts.

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