Why Giorgos Giakoumakis is yet to star for Celtic; when he could make debut

By Euan Davidson

September 15, 2021

Celtic are still waiting on Giorgos Giakoumakis to make his start after arriving from VVV-Venlo in the summer.

After a back-and-forth transfer saga over a few weeks, the Bhoys landed last season’s Eredivisie top scorer on transfer deadline day. At £2.5m [Sky Sports], the Greek goal-getter had Hoops fans wondering what all the fuss had been about.

Unfortunately, though, he’s not been anywhere near the first team as of yet. With Celtic missing Kyogo, and relying on Ajeti for goals, it’s been a bit of a mystery.

Handed the number 7, Giakoumakis would’ve hoped to have added to his Greece caps before making his move from VVV-Venlo. Instead, Giakoumakis picked up a shoulder knock against Ajax that ruled him out for over a month.

In a game where Giakoumakis finished his tally of strikes for the season [ESPN], the Greek striker’s knock ruled him out of the Eredivisie closer against FC Emmen [BN Destem]. Then, he missed fixtures for Greece against Belgium and Norway.

It means Giakoumakis has had no pre-season, in recovering from that shoulder problem. Asked for his availability, Ange Postecoglou said [Celtic FC; 1.40]:

“Celtic are a very important team for us” | Real Betis fan Enrique Roldán

“Celtic are a very important team for us” | Real Betis fan Enrique Roldán

“No, not for [Betis], mate. Like I said the other day, he’s just quite not ready there. He’s in the boat with three or four others who we kind of expect to return around the same time. Probably weekend, or midweek next week.

“For this game, it’s come too early.”

Giakoumakis working away on Celtic availability after tough summer

Given the to-ing and fro-ing, alongside not being sure of where he was going to train, let alone whether he could, it’s been a tough summer for the Greek striker.

Sitting out international appearances, which would only have added to the intrigue around him, is a missed opportunity. But with an enthusiastic manager, a hard-working team of coaches and intense training sessions, he’ll surely be up to speed before too long.

Raith Rovers at home, then, may represent the best opportunity for him.

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With no disrespect our Fifer opponents, it’s unlikely that Celtic would need a full-strength squad to get the job done. Giakoumakis, in that context, will have less pressure on him to deliver right away, but equally, would surely have opportunities in front of goal.

Given the chances Celtic create against any opposition, it feels like a given.

At just £2.5m, after a season where he scored 26 goals for a relegated side, it’s exciting to think what Giakoumakis could achieve in a higher-flying outfit like Celtic.

In other news: Tom Rogic looks best-placed for Celtic captaincy tomorrow night