The classy Giorgos Giakoumakis Celtic moment barely anyone is talking about

By David Walton

November 2, 2021

Livingston manager David Martindale has highlighted the classy Giorgos Giakoumakis moment from Saturday that barely anyone else has been discussing.

Giakoumakis has been vilified for his penalty miss against Livi that ruined Celtic’s opportunity to go top of the Premiership. Emotion has run high over the incident, with over-the-top analysis of the penalty still ongoing [Scottish Sun].

The penalty award came after Japanese sensation Kyogo Furuhashi was slapped in the back of the head by Ado Obileye at the death. But not many spotted what the Greek forward did immediately afterward.

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Giakoumakis was seen doing his best to defuse the situation and hold Obileye back in a bid to calm him down. And it’s been highlighted today by Martindale, who was keen to offer his credit to the striker.

As quoted by the West Lothian Courier, the Livi manager said: “I have to say, I was really happy with Giakoumakis because he tried to take Ayo away from the situation. Ayo’s been pushed by Kyogo before it but there’s nothing in that – it was just sportsmanship – and Ayo’s reacted.

“Giakoumakis tried to pull him back when it would have been much easier for him to highlight it to the officials but he did the opposite. You have to say fair play to him for that and it was good to see. He deserves credit for that.”

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Giorgos Giakoumakis showed his class; time to show his ability

Credit to the big centre-forward here. That was most certainly a classy move. He could’ve easily allowed the big Livingston centre-back to continue scrapping and dig an even bigger hole for his side. But he swiftly tried to defuse the situation.

You can’t help but feel there’s a strong element of unfairness to how the game on Saturday was perceived. Or at least that moment in any case. It was a penalty miss, that was all. There’s no need to call him out and make the next week a misery for him.

Giakoumakis will be a big part of Celtic moving forward. Despite his performance against Livingston, he’s already shown glimpses of the different style he can bring to the team. This was noted by supporters not long ago.

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So we have to continue to back the former VVV-Venlo striker. He didn’t end up as the top scorer in the Netherlands because he couldn’t find the net. Patience will be key here, and it’s imperative that we remember it can take some longer than others to find their feet. Not everyone will be a Kyogo Furuhashi, for example.

It’s going to be intriguing to see what the next week brings for Giakoumakis. He could certainly do with another goal to add to his strike against St Johnstone last week. It’s exactly what he needs to get over his shocker of a miss on Saturday.

But fair play to Martindale for pointing out his classy gesture at the weekend. It deserves to be highlighted at the very least.

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