One Celtic player will benefit from international break more than any other

By David Walton

November 8, 2021

There’s a reason not many are lauding the performance of Giorgos Giakoumakis after his cameo display at Dens Park on Sunday.

The Greek striker, clearly still plagued by his penalty miss against Livingston the previous week, missed another sitter. A perfect James Forrest set-up more or less gave the former VVV-Venlo striker an open goal. He instead blazed it over.

That came only minutes after he collected the ball 30 yards out, and under no pressure, he hoofted one way over the crossbar in disappointing fashion.

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That was it. Giakoumakis would be left to rue some woeful efforts that included a shocker of a miss. Celtic may have come out 4-2 winners on the day, but it likely didn’t feel like a positive day at the office for the Greek forward.

A £2.5m signing from Venlo in the summer [Sky Sports], Giakoumakis missed a penalty in the last minute against Livingston 9 days ago. It was a chance for him to make himself a hero. To get a big moment under his belt and secure 3 points for the club. Instead, we slipped back to 4 points behind Rangers as he produced the most casual spot-kick you’ll see this season.

It’s still on his mind, and had we had more games in the coming weeks, he likely would’ve struggled to get himself back into form. Not when there would’ve been barely any time for him to clear his head.

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Ange Postecoglou must keep a close eye on Giorgos Giakoumakis’ Celtic progress this week

There’s a reason Giakoumakis isn’t away with Greece. He’s in a position where he quite simply needs to reflect and get himself back on track.

Postecoglou named the summer signing as one that needs some work drilled into him during the break. He can expect a busy 2 weeks at Lennoxtown whilst the internationals are away with their respective countries.

The break takes the pressure off of him. He spent the last one trying to get up to speed fitness wise. This time it’ll be about hitting the refresh button and ensuring he’s ready to put his Livingston miss to bed. Evidently, he couldn’t do that for the trip to Dundee yesterday.

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When Celtic return, we’re going to have an unbelievably hectic schedule between November 20th and the winter break. A massive 12 games are pencilled in before the next off-period. We need Giakoumakis to be in the right frame of mind.

This international stoppage gives him one final opportunity to get his head straight without the pressure of constant games.

He needs to use it wisely. Time will tell whether that’s the case.

In other news, Bayer Leverkusen’s form has dipped dramatically since their Celtic Park rout

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