Ange Postecoglou has the chance to win his first league title in charge of Celtic tonight as a single point will be enough to secure the trophy for the Bhoys.
The Hoops are six points clear of their rivals with two games left to play and this means that it would take a staggering collapse from them to throw their lead away at this stage.
Celtic travel away to face Dundee United in the Premiership and Postecoglou may look to make a few changes to his team to keep players happy with their minutes.
One player who must finally be unleashed from the start of the match is Greek centre-forward Giorgos Giakoumakis.
He has not started a league game for the Hoops since the 9th of April in a 7-0 win against St. Johnstone and must now come back into the team.
A-League writer Sacha Pisani claimed that month that Giakoumakis is one of the Celtic players who can “dominate headlines” and it is easy to see why when you look at his goal return. The gem has found the back of the net ten times in as many Premiership starts, playing 19 games in total for the club in the division.
The £8.2k-per-week earner has also created four ‘big chances’ in that time as he has proven that he carries a major threat at the top end of the pitch. The Greece international has the quality to score and create goals in the Premiership, which means that he can be a match-winner for the Hoops.
Postecoglou previously dubbed him “hugely important” to Celtic and explained why he can be crucial for the club, saying: “The way a lot of opposition set up against us with a lot of bodies in the box, you need presence in there, it’s not as if we have a lot of space to run into.
“I know that’s where his strengths lie and it is just a matter of him gaining a little bit of confidence -which he has.”
Dundee United are currently fourth and one point above Motherwell in the table and this means that they will be fighting hard for a result to keep their own European hopes alive.
Therefore, they may set up with ‘bodies in the box’ to keep Postecoglou’s side at bay for as long as possible. This is why Giakoumakis, who was dubbed a “phenomenon” by Ronald de Boer, can be the perfect man to bring into the XI to give Celtic the best chance of securing the three points with his knack for finding the back of the net.