"We tried to impose our intensity" - Giakoumakis outlines Ange Postecoglou's Celtic pre-season friendly demands
Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis has outlined Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou’s demands of his squad during the pre-season friendly outings in Austria and the Czech Republic.
Postecoglou’s squad have spent the last 10-days in Europe as preparation ramped up for the 2022/23 campaign.
Alongside the hard work on the training ground, the Bhoys have also faced a series of friendly matches to help regain their sharpness, with competitive fixtures getting back underway later this month.
So far in pre-season, Celtic have faced a varied level of quality, with their first match coming against Austrian third division side Wiener Viktoria.
However, as more of Postecoglou’s first team returned to action, the quality stepped up as they took on Rapid Vienna and Banik Ostrava.
Greek striker Giorgos Giakoumakis has been involved in the two tougher games and has imposed himself well in both, scoring his first goal in pre-season against Ostrava.
Speaking in the aftermath of grabbing that goal in the Czech Republic, Giakoumakis outlined how Ange Postecoglou expected them to go into each game and impose themselves on their opponents.
He said [Glasgow Evening Times]: “I always try to work as much as possible in order to improve myself. If everyone in the team keeps improving individually, the team can change levels. That’s what I do. I try to improve myself.
“I work a lot, and I will keep working in the future. It’s also nice because I had some success with the national team. That was something I was waiting for. I have been looking forward to this success for many, many years. I try to change my level every day.
“It was a good game [against Banik]. It’s always good to try to get a positive result, even in friendly games. I think this game was better than the last one [against Rapid Vienna].
“We tried to impose our intensity. We tried to play our game. We have a lot more to improve, but we are improving day by day.
“Also, I am very happy because I scored, but it doesn’t matter for me if it’s a nice goal or not. I try to score as many as possible.
“That was what I kept telling last year, and my method is exactly the same.”
Pre-season preparations coming along nicely for Celtic.
Celtic’s 10-day trip in Europe has provided a good base to kick-start the preparations for the new campaign.
Postecoglou and his players have been working hard on being ready for the Scottish Premiership getting underway, and that has been evident from the Hoops’ early outings this summer.
Of course, there are still three more games to come in the next seven days, which should provide the Bhoys with more chances to build up their fitness and sharpness.
The Celtic manager will be looking to see continued improvement as each game goes on, and I am fully confident he will have his squad in great condition for the first game of the season at Parkhead.