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Celtic: Ange Postecoglou must unleash Giorgios Giakoumakis

Celtic now turn their attention back towards the Scottish Premiership as they prepare to clash with Hibernian at Parkhead this afternoon.

The Hoops are coming into the match off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in midweek, which has left them sitting at the bottom of their Champions League group.

Ange Postecoglou will surely be hoping to see a reaction from his team against Hibs as they look to extend their two-point lead at the top of the Scottish top-flight table.

When he comes to selecting his starting XI for the match, the Australian head coach may opt against keeping Liel Abada in the side out on the wing.

The attacker was forced off in the first half of the defeat to Leipzig earlier this week and, whilst he has been deemed available for selection, Postecoglou may look to rest him for this game to ensure that the gem does not aggravate the knock.

This would leave a wide position open on the right but the manager must bring in a centre-forward to replace the winger – Giorgios Giakoumakis.

The striker was a substitute in the 2-0 loss to the German side in the Champions League and must be reinstated into the starting XI, with Kyogo Furuhashi – who led the line in Europe – moving either out wide or into a number 10 role to play off the former Eredivisie goal machine.

He has only started one match in the Premiership this season and deserves a run in the team to show what he is capable of, after scoring the winner against St Johnstone in the 95th minute last weekend.

It was his third goal of the league campaign and his 16th strike in 12 starts in the Scottish top-flight since making the move to Parkhead at the start of 2021/22.

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A-League writer Sacha Pisani previously claimed that he is one of the Celtic players who can “dominate headlines” and his sensational goalscoring record backs that up.

The Greek forward, who was once dubbed “underrated” by journalist Josh Bunting, has the potential to be a match-winner for the Hoops as he has proven that he can score on a regular basis, plundering 21 goals and providing one assist in 41 outings for the club to date.

Therefore, Postecoglou must unleash Giakoumakis against Hibernian as he is a menace to opposition defences, and bringing him back into the team will allow Abada to rest, whilst also giving the 27-year-old striker a well-deserved start after his winning goal last week.

He could be in the headlines again if he is at his predatory best at Parkhead but it is down to the manager to offer him the chance to showcase his talent over 90 minutes instead of coming off the bench.

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