The exciting new timeline for Giorgos Giakoumakis' Celtic debut

By David Walton

September 18, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has revealed that new signing Giorgos Giakoumakis will be involved on Thursday night if he isn’t in the squad on Sunday.

Hoops fans have had to wait for a glimpse of their new man. This comes after the Greek forward signed from VVV-Venlo on transfer deadline day.

Unfortunately, Giakoumakis hasn’t been involved in any of the Dutch club’s first-team games this season. That’s led to him losing match fitness and needing time to integrate into the Celtic squad before he could be thrown in. Giakoumakis has missed matches against Ross County and Real Betis respectively.

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But Postecoglou has effectively stated that his debut is just around the corner. As quoted by the Herald, the Celtic boss said the following:

“I hope so [will Giakoumakis be involved tomorrow?]. I get it that people want to see new players but it’s going to be a long season and he’s going to be an important player for us.

“He had a disrupted pre-season – it’s a bit like James McCarthy. I’ve been really keen to get him on the pitch and now it looks like he’s ready to go, which will be great. It’ll be the same with Giorgos.

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“With Kyogo (Furuhashi) going down it leaves us a bit light because we’ve just got Albi (Ajeti). If he’s not involved on Sunday he’ll definitely be involved on Thursday.”

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It feels unlikely that the manager will throw Giakoumakis in against Livingston. Considering their plastic surface, it’s not ideal to throw a player on who’s looking to build up his match fitness.

Then again, Postecoglou never really has had time for mollycoddling his new recruits. He likes to throw them in there as soon as he gets an opportunity.

That’s just one of the reasons Celtic supporters have taken to the new manager. You can’t not love the way he goes around pushing new signings into the first-team squad as soon as he can.

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Unfortunately, Giakoumakis has been one of the new players who’s had to be patient. Celtic fans are still curious as to just what kind of striker we’ve bought. When you finish your last campaign as the top scorer in the Eredivisie, your reputation will do that for you.

Celtic play Raith Rovers at home in the Premier Sports Cup on Thursday night. It may be a tad premature to predict, but that looks like an ideal fixture to ease Giakoumakis into things.

And considering Albian Ajeti bagged another goal in Spain a couple of days ago? It seems wise to keep the red-hot centre-forward on the pitch for now.

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