The Celtic hero who could be a glorious force of nature this pre-season

By Lewis Laird

June 13, 2022

As we slowly approach the end of June, the Celtic support will be looking forward to seeing Ange Postecoglou’s side back in action during pre-season.

Players are expected to return to Lennoxwn just before the end of the month before heading off to Austria to participate in a pre-season camp.

After last season’s success, many of Ange Postecoglou’s squad will be raring to go ahead of the new campaign.

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One player who has shown he is fit and firing going into pre-season is Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis.

Coming off the back of an impressive second half of the season, the Greek striker was selected for his country in their opening UEFA Nations League games against Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Kosovo.

Giakoumakis was handed a starting role for Greece under new boss Gus Poyet and has repaid his manager for his faith with strong showings in the attacking frontline.

He topped off this international break with a brilliantly executed header to open the scoring as Greece went on to defeat their opponents Kosovo 2-0, on Sunday evening.

Ange Postecoglou and many Celtic fans will have been left highly impressed with the former VVV-Venlo striker’s performance during this month’s fixtures and excited to see how he kicks off the new season.

This pre-season will provide Giakoumakis with the perfect opportunity to push on and be a key contributor in the side once again next season.

Giakoumakis couldn’t be coming into pre-season under better circumstances

Sunday’s victory handed Giakoumakis and Greece a perfect start to the Nations League, winning four out of four games and the Celtic striker scoring his first goal for his country.

When you consider that the 27-year-old is coming off of a consistent end to the season, which included two goals off the bench on the final day of the season, Giakoumakis couldn’t be coming into pre-season under better circumstances.

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This will also be the first pre-season that he will have working under Ange Postecoglou, having joined the club on summer deadline day last year, which contributed to his slow start in Glasgow.

The Greek striker was suffering with a shoulder injury for the majority of last summer, sustained in action for VVV-Venlo. He arrived in Glasgow well short of fitness, nevermind match readiness.

He’ll be desperate to prove himself ahead of the first game of the campaign.

So, Postecoglou could be about to turn Giakoumakis into a different animal altogether, having the whole summer to work with the striker and the rest of his squad.

It is very much exciting times ahead!

In other news, Celtic board already following through with key Ange transfer strategy.