"The Greek God"; Johan Mjallby loving what Giorgos Giakoumakis brings to Celtic

By David Walton

March 30, 2022

Johan Mjallby believes Giorgos Giakoumakis adds something unique to Celtic as he labelled him one of the “last pieces of the puzzle” for Ange Postecoglou.

Giakoumakis has shot to life in a Celtic jersey in 2022. Despite a slow first half of the season in which he only scored 1 goal in 8 appearances, he’s turned his Hoops career around. 11 goals so far since the return from the winter break has shot him to heroic status amongst the Parkhead support.

However, it’s not just goals Giakoumakis has brought to Celtic in Kyogo’s absence. The Greek international has provided us with a physical presence. A different kind of striker who uses his power to hold the ball up instead of looking to get in behind through pace.

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And Mjallby believes that it’s exactly the kind of striker Celtic needed to add to their arsenal of talent. Speaking to 67HailHail, Johan said: “Most importantly the team is functioning really, really well. It looks like the atmosphere between the players is great and strong.

“It’s great to see the Greek God as everyone calls him. Something we don’t have without him is probably his strength and power in the box. With him he’s got a great leap, he’s strong, his confidence is now coming back and he’s scoring goals.

“I think that’s one of the last wee pieces of the puzzle for the manager to really go all the way.”

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Giakoumakis certainly isn’t proven just yet. He’s offered Celtic a different dimension to their forward play and has made a big impact in 2022 so far. However, there are still plenty of questions he’ll need to answer in the future.

The first coming this Sunday at Ibrox. As good as Giakoumakis has been against some of the other Premiership sides, can he perform effectively at Ibrox. Away from home at our toughest domestic venue?

Many will say he proved himself against Rangers back in February in the 3-0 game at Celtic Park. That’s 100% spot on. However, at the same time, Ibrox is a totally different environment. Giakoumakis will be coming up against a hostile crowd – the biggest he’s come up against away from Parkhead.

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It’s the ultimate test of any Celtic striker. Performing at Ibrox goes a long way to earning the trust and love of the Hoops support. Look at Giorgios Samaras for example. Think about what “Sammy Sunday” did for his reputation amongst the fans.

It’s a massive period for Giakoumakis. A period in which he can help shoot Celtic to title glory and become a proper hero amongst the supporters.

He’s certainly impressing everyone at the moment. If he keeps that up for the next couple of months, he’ll be absolutely adored.

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