Celtic duo's early pre-season form must have Scottish defences terrified

By Lewis Laird

July 13, 2022

Across the last 10-days, there have been strong performances from the Celtic squad in Austria and Czech Republic.

The Bhoys have been hard at work, looking to build upon the success of Ange Postecoglou’s first season in the Parkhead dugout.

This pre-season has provided the Celtic manager and his squad with the chance to spend the next few weeks on the training ground, undisturbed, which isn’t a luxury they weren’t handed last campaign.

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It is fair to say that one of the most impressive aspects of the Hoops in their three pre-season-friendly fixtures so far was their attacking play.

So far, the Bhoys have scored 14 goals in the 270 minutes of action over the past seven days.

Two Celtic stars who led the line for the majority of that playing time were Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis.

Both players ended the season strongly, scoring a double in the final game of the Scottish Premiership season against Motherwell.

And they look to have carried that form straight over to the 2022/23 campaign.

Kyogo added his first two goals for the season, scoring one against Rapid Vienna and the other in this evening’s match. Whilst Giakoumakis also scored his first in pre-season, with an impressive volleyed effort in the Czech Republic.

Of course, scoring goals for Celtic is nothing new for the duo, having picked up a brilliant tally whilst helping to Hoops towards a league and cup double.

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However, both players did also suffer their fair share of injury issues, which resulted in Kyogo and Giakoumakis missing large chunks of the season.

Going into the new campaign, though, it is the exact opposite. The two forwards are already-fit and firing, several weeks before competitive action even gets underway.

Opposition defenders should be fearing what they are set to come up against when the season kicks off, with Ange Postecoglou having two lethal strikers at his disposal.

Only one of the two players can make it into the starting line-up for Postecoglou. However, that should push both of them to get the best out of each other and make an impact whenever they are on the pitch.

As a fan, I certainly wouldn’t want to see my club coming up against such a deadly duo and players across the country will already be trying to figure out what is the best way to stop either Kyogo or Giakoumakis.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou reacts to promising signs for Celtic in Ostrava.