Ange Postecoglou has dropped a promising injury update on Celtic centre-forward Giorgos Giakoumakis.
In comments made after the Bhoys’ 2-0 win over St Mirren on Wednesday night, the 56-year-old revealed that, after missing the Hoops’ last two fixtures due to illness, the Greece international will be available for selection for the trip to Livingston this weekend.
Speaking about the current condition of the 27-year-old, Postecoglou said: “We’ve got Giakoumakis back for the weekend as well, which I think will give us some more quality in depth.”
With both Kyogo Furuhashi and Albian Ajeti remaining sidelined due to injury, and with goalscoring having been something of an issue for Celtic in recent weeks, the news that Giakoumakis is set to return to action this weekend is sure to have left Postecoglou buzzing.
Indeed, over the Bhoys’ last three outings in all competitions, they have hit the back of the net just twice, with Celtic’s only available centre-forward Daizen Maeda having drawn a blank in all three fixtures.
Meanwhile, Giakoumakis had been in fantastic goalscoring form prior to his layoff, bagging four goals in his last four appearances, including a match-winning hat-trick in an uninspiring 3-2 win over Dundee.
As such, the return of the £1.8m-rated hitman ahead of what is sure to be a challenging fixture against fourth-placed Livingston on Sunday will undoubtedly come as a huge boost to Celtic’s chances of leaving the Tony Macaroni Arena with all three points. Victory is all but essential should the Hoops wish to keep their Premiership title push on track.