Former Celtic forward Simon Donnelly has earmarked the selection dilemma facing Ange Postecoglou following injury updates on Giorgos Giakoumakis and Kyogo Furuhashi.
The lowdown: What’s at stake…
The Hoops could take a firm grip of the Scottish Premiership trophy with a victory over Rangers at Celtic Park on Sunday.
Going into the match, Postecoglou’s side are six points clear at the top of the table and hold a superior goal difference over their Glasgow rivals, meaning a win would effectively put them out of sight.
However, the 56-year-old Greek-Australian does have some big decisions to make for the mouthwatering clash at Parkhead…
The latest: Donnelly cites ‘headache’
Speaking to Sky Sports, the man who made 146 appearances as a Bhoy suggested that Postecoglou may struggle to decide upon who plays at centre-forward with the news that Giakoumakis and Kyogo are both now fit and available.
“They are two very different strikers. This is the first time that Ange is going to have a real decision to make because they are both fit now.
“Obviously, Giakomakis came in at the turn of the year and his goal ratio is brilliant, 12, 13 goals, two hat-tricks in there. He really filled that void that Kyogo created coming out with that injury on Boxing Day.
“Now Kyogo is back, he’s scoring goals at Dingwall last week
“It’s a headache but it’s a good one. It’s one manager’s want. It’ll be interesting to see who leads the line.”
The verdict: Go Kyogo
Although Giakomakis has been sensational since arriving at Paradise with 13 goals and one assist in just 25 appearances, the 27-year-old Greek frontman can make a bigger impact from the bench should it be required.
Kyogo has already proven to be a ready-made big-game player with a Scottish League Cup final brace and 22 direct goal contributions from 29 total outings for the Hoops.
Although both frontmen have shown a clinical eye for goal, the fluidity offered by the 12-cap Japan international – highlighted by an ability to play on either wing – causes different types of issues for opposition defenders and it’s likely to be the deciding factor when the starting lineup is announced.
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Ultimately, having these quality options at Postecoglou’s disposal illustrates the excellent work done by the boss in the transfer market in his short reign at Parkhead so far.
In other news, pundit claims Celtic are working on behind the scenes transfer deal. Find out who it is here.
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