"We will win the championship"; Giorgos Giakoumakis makes big Celtic title claim, dismisses rivals
A confident Giorgos Giakoumakis was bold with his assessment of the Scottish Premiership title race after scoring a hat-trick for Celtic against Dundee this afternoon.
The Greek striker netted all three goals in a tight 3-2 victory to send the Bhoys three points clear of Rangers at the top of the table.
In a press conference after the match, Giakoumakis didn’t hold back with his comments.
As quoted by Clyde 1, he said: “Of course, it’s something that gave us motivation but sometimes it can also give you pressure if you know the bad result of your opponent.
“I think that we will win the championship. It’s something that we really want for the club and for the fans.
“First and foremost we have a very strong squad. Every single player can be in the first eleven and make a difference to the team.
“I think we work a lot, we work hard every day at the training centre and in games. I think with this hard work we can achieve many things.
“The squad is really good. I think it’s the best in the league. I think we’re a well-prepared team for every single game and have a very good plan, we stay committed to the plan. I think we are better in every single part of the team.”
These comments are going to cause a stir. You just know it. I expect they will be plastered all over the media in the next few days.
Some Celtic supporters will enjoy the brash nature of the comments, while others will be a bit wary of over-confidence.
I’m not sure if Ange Postecoglou will be that enthused about them either. He’s preached consistently that his players can’t get too carried away and that there’s a long way to go in this title race.
Regardless, what’s abundantly clear is that Giakoumakis is absolutely bursting with pride about his performances, his team and the chances of silverware. That’s a good thing.
These comments will be legendary if Celtic finish the job in the closing stages of the season. Ultimately, Celtic need to do their most important work on the pitch.