Celtic’s correspondent for The Athletic, Kieran Devlin, believes summer signing Giorgos Giakoumakis is still far away from a Hoops debut.
The Lowdown: One in two out
Celtic brought Giakoumakis in late on deadline day, with the 26-year-old joining on a five-year deal from VVV-Venlo.
The new Hoops man is yet to feature under Ange Postecoglou, though, and it could be a while until fans see him turn out in green and white.
The Latest: Devlin claim
Devlin set up a Celtic Q&A on The Athletic to discuss the game with Real Betis on Thursday. The Hoops lost 4-3 to the La Liga side, with Devlin making a worrying eight-word claim on Giakoumakis minutes before the game got underway.
He was asked why there was no striker on the bench by one fan, to which he said:
“Giakoumakis quite far away fitness wise I understand.”
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The Verdict: Need Giakoumakis available
As the supporter mentions to Devlin, Ange Postecoglou didn’t have a forward to call upon from the bench against the Spanish side.
Kyogo Furuhashi is out injured for a while, so getting Giakoumakis up to speed to rival Albian Ajeti is absolutely crucial.
He last kicked a competitive ball in May, though, so it seems as if he’ll still need time before making his long-awaited Celtic debut, and even then he may have some initial rust to shake off.
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