Michael Stewart bigs up Celtic hero Giorgos Giakoumakis 4 months after being written off
Michael Stewart has bigged up Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis as he labelled the Hoops number 7 a “big performer” for the club.
Giakoumakis has had an incredible 2022 4 months after being written off by media pundits. Frank McAvennie stated back in January that it was time to send the player out on loan after a struggling first half of the campaign [Football Insider].
But since the, the big Greek striker has been an absolute warrior for the Hoops in the second half of the campaign. Giakoumakis has racked up 14 goals since the winter break and played a key role in our Premiership title win [Transfermarkt].
And Stewart took time to highlight the role he’s played when analysing our 1-1 draw with Dundee United on Sportscene – a game in which Giakoumakis netted in once more:
“Unquestionably he’s a big performer for Celtic. He didn’t get a run of games in the first half of the season, he wasn’t fully fit. Ever since the turn of the year it’s just been a progression that’s been building and building. He’s become a much-improved player for Celtic and he’s a different type.
“Ange Postecoglou talks a lot about him being a player with a presence in the box, and that goal typified that.”
Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis more than played his part this season
There was always a prematurity to those who were writing off Giakoumakis after half a season. Especially considering it had already been clear that he could do some damage for us if he remained fully fit.
Everyone went on and on about the missed penalty against Livingston. Wrongfully, that attached itself to Giakoumakis like a curse. Given how costly a miss it was at the time, too many were quick to run out of patience even though we hadn’t seen anywhere near the best of him.
It’s funny what can happen when you give footballer’s an opportunity of course. That’s really all Giakoumakis needed. He got a run of games after the winter break and has gone on an incredible goal run in the second half of 2022.
He proved his worth to the club last night again when he powered home a superb header at Tannadice with a goal that should’ve won us all 3 points. In the end, it was enough to secure us the title. Fitting too that he was the one who managed to score it considering he’s spearheaded the charge in 2022.
The prospect of seeing what Giakoumakis can do over the course of a full season is hugely exciting. Especially when you consider that he could potentially be such an influential tool for us on the European stage.
It’s been a big year for him and it’s fantastic to see his quality is now being appreciated.