The Athletic’s Celtic correspondent Kieran Devlin has dropped a worrying update on summer signing Giorgos Giakoumakis.
The Lowdown: Giakoumakis’ absence
The Greece international penned a five-year deal at Parkhead on deadline day and made up for Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths’ late exits. He joined from VVV-Venlo at a cost of up to £2.5m, but the forward is yet to feature in green and white.
The 26-year-old last kicked a competitive ball back in May, and it seems as if the wait may go on for his long-anticipated Celtic debut.
The Latest: Devlin’s claim
Devlin ran a fans’ Q&A on The Athletic prior to the 1-0 defeat to Livingston on Sunday.
He was asked by one supporter for an update on Giakoumakis, to which the journalist revealed that the forward is ‘quite far off it in training’. He said:
“Couple of dressing room sources saying he’s quite far off it in training, though naturally that could just be down to rustiness. Will have something up on him and the striker situation tomorrow, bar anything dramatic happening today.”
Will Giakoumakis succeed at Celtic?
The Verdict: A concern
Giakoumakis joined Celtic at the beginning of the month, so he’s almost had three weeks with his new employers. During that time, Ange Postecoglou has lost Kyogo Furuhashi through injury, meaning Albian Ajeti has been called upon.
Giakoumakis’ fitness situation must be poor, otherwise you’d have thought that the manager would have placed him on the bench against either Real Betis or Livingston.
Hopefully Hoops fans will see him soon, but it doesn’t look too great for him following Devlin’s alarming revelation.
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