How Celtic striker Giorgos Giakouamkis could become a big hero over the next month
Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis hasn’t had the best time of it since his move from VVV-Venlo in the summer.
Plagued with injuries and a nasty moment when he missed a late penalty against Livingston, he’s been totally robbed of momentum. Despite occasionally showing some promising features to his game including strength and an ability to hold the ball up, he just hasn’t been able to get a run of games under his belt.
In fact, he’s only managed 2 starts since his £2.5m move [Sky Sports]. He hasn’t been cut much slack, with a stigma certainly attached to his name after the last-minute penalty blunder against Livingston that could prove key in the title race.
Thankfully, however, a big opportunity is closing in for him. Giakoumakis is expected to be back fit and firing for the Premiership’s resumption against Hibernian on January 17th. Many, of course, would expect Kyogo Furuhashi to start that one, with Daizen Maeda either on the right or as his back-up.
However, the 2 players likely ahead of Giakoumakis in the pecking order – Kyogo and Maeda – will both likely be missing from late January. Indeed, if they head off with Japan for their World Cup qualifiers, as we all expect, they’ll miss games away to Hearts and at home to Dundee United and Rangers.
Celtic won’t play these matches without a striker if they can avoid it. It’s also highly unlikely that Albian Ajeti will be thrown in so long as Giakoumakis can keep himself fit.
Giorgos Giakoumakis will be given his big Celtic opportunity
Ange will also want to try and do his best to justify his summer signing. He wouldn’t hesitate in throwing the Greek striker in. Especially given what good performances in the above fixtures could do for the player.
Imagine, for a minute, it’s derby day on that February 2nd night at Celtic Park. Parkhead is looking for a hero and desperate to break down Rangers and kill their spirit. If it’s Giakoumakis who pops up with the goal, words can’t describe what that will do to his reputation as a Celtic player.
The last 6 months or so would be forgotten about. All that would then happen is that he would be known as the player who scored a Glasgow derby winner. A player who earned us a first win in the fixture for over 2 years.
Even a goal at Tynecastle or a brace against Dundee United would do wonders for him. These are massive fixtures during which we’ll be without some key players. Yes, it may require a different approach from Celtic going forward if Giakoumakis plays, but there’s a player in there.
Let’s not forget how Moussa Dembele came to life at Celtic. Same with Odsonne Edouard. Both of those used the Glasgow derby to springboard them to new heights. Why can’t the same be done for Giakoumakis?
The next few weeks are going to be huge for his Celtic career as he makes his injury recover. Here’s hoping it turns out to be his most productive too.