The exciting Celtic change against Ross County that we could see more of this season

By Lewis Laird

August 8, 2022

If there is one thing that Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side currently has in abundance, it is attacking talent.

The 56-year-old prides himself on his attacking style of play, which was on display right from the off upon his arrival last summer.

During his first 12 months at the club, Postecoglou oversaw a dramatic rebuild, which included the signing of 12 new players.

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In January, the Celtic manager also made a further five new additions, with his squad taking up a nice shape after just two transfer windows in Glasgow.

The majority of Postecoglou’s recruitment at Parkhead has been pretty much spot-on, and that has been perfectly displayed by how effective his attacking signings at the club have been.

Those signings include the likes of Jota, Liel Abada and Daizen Maeda, who racked up an incredible number of 56 goal contributions amongst one another.

Alongside his signings in the wide areas, the Hoops boss also brought in two new number nines, who were expected to lead the line after the exit of Odsonne Edouard on summer deadline day last summer – Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis.

The two strikers had a brilliant first season in green and white, with Giakoumakis just pipping Kyogo to the top goalscorer award in the Scottish Premiership, thanks to a double on the final day.

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However, despite their great success last campaign, both Kyogo and Giakoumakis suffered frustrating injury issues, which kept them out for an extended period of time.

For Giakoumakis, his issues came in the opening half of the season. Whereas for Kyogo, he missed the vast majority of the second half of the campaign.

So, both players’ paths rarely ever crossed, apart from a handful of appearances nearer the beginning of the season, when the two Celtic stars were still trying to get up to speed and settle into life in Scotland.

Of course, when you have two strikers of that quality, there is bound to be the question of whether we will see them play together in the Celtic frontline.

That opportunity wasn’t really afforded to Ange Postecoglou, who only had one of the two players to choose from at different points in the season.

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Many supporters also weren’t sure whether we would really see Kyogo and Giakoumakis play together due to the Celtic manager’s regular one-striker system.

However, on Saturday, we got our first glimpse of them alongside one another this campaign in the Celtic forward line during the 3-1 win over Ross County.

As the Bhoys went on the hunt for all three points, the former Socceroos boss made the call to bring on the Greek internationalist to play beside a strike partner, replacing midfielder David Turnbull for the final 15 minutes.

This feels like the first real opportunity that the Celtic manager has taken to see the two play up front, with both Kyogo and Giakoumakis now fit, firing and fully settled into life as a Hoops player.

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If both players stay injury free, it could be an option that we see Postecoglou turn to more often when he is keen to see his side go on the hunt for more goals.

It would certainly be an exciting proposition to see the duo leading the line and leave Scottish Premiership defenders fearing what is to come.

The positive part is, whether it is Kyogo, Giakoumakis or both at the top of Celtic’s attacking trio, we always know that Ange Postecoglou’s side are bound to be dangerous with the options available.

In other news, Impressive Celtic performers are already showcasing the effects of Ange’s pre-season work.