"Needs to improve"; Ange Postecoglou delivers assessment on Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis

By David Walton

January 23, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has urged Giorgos Giakoumakis to improve as he backed his striker to kick on from his goal against Alloa yesterday.

Heading into last night’s Scottish Cup tie, the Greek striker had only scored 1 goal for the club. That came in a Premiership clash against St Johnstone all the way back in October. Since then, Giakoumakis has struggled for game-time due to injury knocks.

The striker had a horrendous time of it in the first half of the campaign after not having a pre-season with his new teammates. However, his superb finish to give Celtic the lead against the League One in last night’s Scottish Cup success could prove to be a turning point for him.

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And Postecoglou is backing the bustling forward to improve after a confident display against the Wasps. As quoted by the Daily Record, Ange said: “It was good for him to get a goal. He hasn’t played much so it was good for him to get 90 minutes.

“He has to improve on that but like all strikers it’s good for him to get a goal and he took it well. We need him to improve and he will.

“The main thing in cup competitions is to progress and we did that today. We could have made it easier for ourselves by killing the game in the first half. We created enough opportunities to make it a more comfortable victory. There’s some mitigating factors so I can’t be too hard on the players. The most important thing is we are in the next round.”

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The strike against Alloa marks the Greek forward’s second goal for the club, but it could’ve been so much more for him.

He had a superb chance one-on-one just after the opener when he dinked his effort wide. He then came close with a couple of snapshots in the second half which he failed to guide on target. It’s not over-the-top to state that Giorgos could’ve left Alloa with a hat-trick to his name.

Regardless, this was a huge moment for the summer signing. He needed last night’s game, and the style involved in his finish is something that should boost his morale heading into a crucial next 10 days.

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Celtic have some massive matches coming up over the next period and they’re going to be short on firepower too. Kyogo Furuhashi is out for the time being whilst Daizen Maeda will be off to Japan for some World Cup qualifying matches. That leaves Giorgos as the next option.

Celtic look like missing the players above for games against Hearts, Dundee United, and Rangers respectively. What an opportunity that is for Giakoumakis to make himself an instant Celtic hero. He could be the man who single-handedly helps us close the gap on Rangers and swing the title race in our favour.

That’s why yesterday was so imporant. Getting off the mark against Alloa in his first start of 2022 was vital. Now, let’s see if he can keep it up at Tynecastle come Wednesday night.

In other news, Ange’s grim McGregor assessment leaves gaping midfield hole for crucial Celtic run