When new Celtic trio could make their Parkhead debuts

By David Walton

September 1, 2021

After Celtic secured three new signings last night, all eyes will now be fixated on when they could make their Parkhead debuts.

Celtic uncharacteristically managed to provide some deadline day excitement for supporters after bagging the exciting trio of Giorgos Giakoumakis, Filipe Jota, and Cameron Carter-Vickers respectively.

All three are expected to come straight into the side and make an impact. Giakoumakis appears to be a straight swap for Odsonne Edouard, whilst the same goes for Jota with Ryan Christie.

Carter-Vickers, meanwhile, is a much-needed centre-back addition who adds to our ranks and can hopefully help sort out some of our more basic mistakes in recent times.

But the big question is simple – will they all be fit and available to make their debut against Ross County after the international break?

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Jota and Giakoumakis are both in similar boats. Neither have been playing for their respective clubs prior to their Parkhead arrival. The former, however, did feature on several occasions for Benfica in pre-season action.

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His last game came against Spanish outfit Almeria back in mid-July. So whilst there could be a loss of sharpness to his game given he hasn’t playing in over a month, there should be no major fitness issues.

The same doesn’t quite go for Giakoumakis. Whilst he also trained with VVV-Venlo in pre-season, he didn’t feature for a single minute. His last competitive match came back in May. Therefore, once again there could be a sharpness issue that needs to be overcome.

Carter-Vickers on the other hand has been featuring in pre-season and competitively for Tottenham Hotspur. The USA international last played for Spurs’ first-team only just under a fortnight ago in Europe against Pacos de Ferreira.

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Carter-Vickers, therefore, should have no issues if thrown into the team immediately.

Not that Postecoglou has shown any hesitancy in throwing new players into the XI. The quick starts from Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada have proven just how beneficial it can be to hand players quick debuts.

Next Saturday’s game at home to Ross County should see all three be available and ready to play some part. Granted, given Jota and Carter-Vickers have been featuring more regularly in pre-season, they look like having a bigger chance of starting the contest.

In other news, Ryan Christie explains why he left Celtic for Bournemouth