Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis has confirmed that he will eventually leave the Hoops to finish his playing career back in his homeland of Greece.
The Lowdown: Giakoumakis a key figure
The Hoops clinched Scottish Premiership title glory earlier this month, with so many individuals playing their part in Ange Postecoglou’s side’s success.
Giakoumakis is certainly one of them, scoring nine goals in just 16 league appearances – only ten starts – and proving to be an influential signing from VVV-Venlo.
The 27-year-old’s current Celtic deal doesn’t expire until 2026 but it appears unlikely that he will be at Parkhead forever, following some new comments.
The Latest: Striker confirms retirement plan
“Yes, of course it is true [on wanting a future move to OFI]. I was very close to signing with OFI as a free agent and not on loan.
“I really wanted to but in the end AEK decided to keep me on the roster. I did not have much room, so I agreed. I would ideally like to end my career with the team I love, OFI.”
The Verdict: Possible blow for Celtic
Giakoumakis’ comments may cause some concern, perhaps increasing the chances of Celtic losing him in the near future, at a time when Postecoglou needs to keep his best players.
He is at the peak of his powers and will hopefully continue to be a key figure for the Hoops, as they aim to win the title again next season, as well as make an impact in the Champions League.
The hope is that Giakoumakis will continue to feature prominently in Postecoglou’s plans, having been hailed as ‘hugely important’ by his manager, but these remarks have put his future in doubt, with the attacker not exactly committing his long-term future.
In other news, a pundit believes there will be a ‘problem’ at Celtic this summer. Read more here.
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