Celtic hero Giorgos Giakoumakis' remarks had Ryan Jack rattled; turns out he was spot on

By David Walton

April 3, 2022

Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis may not have grabbed the back pages by netting the winner today, but his display at Ibrox will certainly leave him satisfied.

Giakoumakis held the ball up superbly well in Govan and gave Celtic an outlet to get into the game. Whilst a goal may have deserted him, we wouldn’t have been as effective in the final third had it not been for his power.

It’s fair to say the spotlight may have been on him more than many others too. Remember, this was Giakoumakis’ first game against our rivals since his bold March comments regarding the title race. Back then, the Greek stated that Celtic were better in every department than Rangers [Clyde 1].

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The comments left Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack absolutely rattled. He took the bait in the build-up to today’s clash. Jack decided to label Giakoumakis’ remarks “disrespectful” [STV].

At the time, they were the kind of comments that even split Celtic supporter opinion. Whilst you had many that loved the confidence shown by the big number 7, others believed they were remarks best kept to himself. After all, these things have a knack of coming back to bite you on the backside.

But all that happened today, in truth, was that Giakoumakis was actually proven right. Everything he said about Celtic being the better side proved to be true at the home of our fierce rivals today.

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The victory at Celtic Park was anything but a fluke. We knew that at the time, but we also knew that for Giakoumakis’ comments to be accepted, we needed to get the job done at Ibrox.

After all, if we had been turned over in Govan, it would’ve made Giakoumakis look like a laughing stock. Like a player who had gotten overly excited after a victory and gone way over the top.

However, what department of the Celtic team wasn’t better than Rangers for the second game running? We absolutely cruised it at the back against Kemar Roofe whilst Giakoumakis caused our foes all sorts of problems.

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The Hoops also got the better of the midfield battle too. Outside of Aaron Ramsey’s opener, there was little creativity from the Ibrox side in the final third. Celtic, meanwhile, made an impression in that area too with Daizen Maeda and Jota constantly getting at James Tavernier and Calvin Bassey respectively.

Celtic, in every area of the pitch, were more effective and had a bigger influence on the game. That’s exactly why we left with the 2-1 win and a priceless 3 points.

How Rangers react to this won’t even matter. It’s now all in Celtic’s hands, and Giakoumakis has every right to feel as though his comments are justified.

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