Postecoglou delivers surprising Giakoumakis news; fresh update on 2 more Celtic players

By Euan Davidson

November 18, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has offered a disappointing injury update ahead of the Premier Sports Cup semi-final.

The Bhoys were hoping to welcome back Carl Starfelt and Tom Rogic by the end of the international break. However, according to Alison Conroy of Sky Sports News, neither the Sweden international nor Socceroo Rogic will be back in time for Saturday night.

Elsewhere, striker Giorgos Giakoumakis is set to miss at least another week. He’s suffering from a knee injury, leaving Albian Ajeti as the next-best back-up for Kyogo Furuhashi.

Conroy tweeted:

That’s three significant blows for Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou, ahead of his first trip to Hampden. The Premier Sports Cup Semi-Final on Saturday night will be the A League and J League winner’s first time coaching at the national stadium.

Rogic, so far this season, has contributed a goal and four assists, looking rejuvenated under the management of Postecoglou [Transfermarkt]. Starfelt, after a shaky start, has been a crucial part of the league’s best defence thus far.

Giakoumakis, meanwhile, had a bright first start for Celtic, scoring against tomorrow’s opponents in the league. However, a subsequent penalty miss against Livingston means he needs to bounce back sooner rather than later.

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Postecoglou delivers bad Celtic news ahead of Premier Sports Cup clash

Clearly, it’s not the news we’d have hoped for. However, it does provide some opportunity.

Stephen Welsh was perfectly decent covering for Carl Starfelt. He was impressive against Ferencvaros, in a 3-2 win, with crisp passing and ability to win duels.

Meanwhile in midfield, Nir Bitton has looked far better in defensive midfield. The likes of Ismaila Soro, Ewan Henderson or even a youngster like Rocco Vata could also be in with a shout.

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Giakoumakis, though, is a surprising one. Starring in the last portion of the 4-2 win against Dundee, fans might be shocked to hear the Greek striker is set for more time out.

Since arriving in Glasgow, his momentum has been stop-start. A shoulder injury prevented a proper pre-season, while a calf niggle stopped him making his debut against Raith Rovers.

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