Positive Celtic squad news at last

By John McGinley

September 27, 2021

The calf problem suffered by Giorgos Giakoumakis is not as serious as first feared by Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou.

Postecoglou was pessimistic with his assessment on Thursday night after the Raith Rovers game, but Giakoumakis was subsequently sent for a scan.

The result of that is good news for the Bhoys, who will now be preparing the Greek striker for a potential debut against Aberdeen on Sunday at Pittodrie.

Photo by Peter Lous/Soccrates/Getty Images

As quoted by STV, Postecoglou explained: “The scan came back actually more positive than we thought so we’re hoping he’ll get back into training this week, which is good news because he’s missed a fair bit.

“It wasn’t just the injury which we thought might be significant. We thought he might have to go back into rehab. But the fact the scan has come back pretty good means he can get back out training again.

“He only really missed two days of training and had a session [on Sunday]. Hopefully, he’ll be back training with the group early in the week.”

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The manager confirmed to the outlet that he will miss Thursday’s match against Bayer Leverkusen but could be in contention for that trip north.

The likelihood is he won’t start, but the sooner we get Giakoumakis on the pitch the better. I think it’s become clear that Albian Ajeti isn’t a viable alternative to Kyogo Furuhashi, so we may well have to rely on the Greek at times this season.

We simply need to get him up to workable match fitness that gives the manager a much-need extra option in attack.

Giakouamkis was the top scorer in Eredivisie last term so knows his way to goal. That kind of poaching ability could well be the difference in tight Scottish Premiership games this season. It would’ve been nice yesterday, for sure.

In other news, The media are already going after Ange Postecoglou but he’s not the problem at Celtic.