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Celtic: McManus gives Giakoumakis transfer verdict

Celtic: McManus gives Giakoumakis transfer verdict -Celtic News

Pundit Tam McManus has claimed a potential Celtic exit for Giorgos Giakoumakis is all in his hands.

The Lowdown: Giakoumakis could leave Celtic

In the past week, it’s been reported by Sky Sports that the Scottish Premiership forward has had a fee of an initial £3m agreed by the Bhoys with Urawa Red Diamonds.

Giakoumakis hasn’t featured in Ange Postecoglou’s last two games, missing the clashes with St Mirren and Greenock Morton.

The Greek forward has fired in six goals and provided one assist in the league for the Hoops from 19 appearances, he also has two goals in the League Cup and one in the Champions League.

The Latest: The decision is up to Giakoumakis

McManus spoke to PLZ Soccer and said that a fee of £2-3m would be poor business from Celtic, while arguing the club could give him an attractive financial offer that could well see him stay in Glasgow.

He said: “I don’t think he’s going to get the money he’s looking for at Celtic.

“If Celtic were to let him go for £2-3m, I don’t think that’s great business.

“I think he’s a better player than that. I think he’s showed, particularly domestically, that he’s a very, very good striker for Celtic.”

“If Giakoumakis wants to stay at Celtic, then I think he will stay, the ball’s in his court.”

The Verdict: Celtic need to find a replacement

Should Giakoumakis decide to call it a day on his time at Celtic, they must find a replacement as he’s been such an important player for them.

Since joining the Bhoys, the forward has netted 26 times in all competitions and assisted on two occasions from 57 matches – when you consider the club paid £2.5m for him, that’s a fantastic bit of business.

We would be gobsmacked if Postecoglou’s side were to allow the player to leave the club for a very similar fee to which they bought him for.

Time will tell on the future of Giakoumakis at Celtic, though they may have to act quickly this month and find his replacement if they decide to let him go, so time is running out to seal a deal.

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