With Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side heading into Sunday’s Scottish Premiership fixture on the back of a 4-0 drubbing in the Europa League on Thursday, the 56-year-old manager will undoubtedly be hoping for a much better performance from the Bhoys against Aberdeen.
And, while Celtic are yet to pick up a single point away from Parkhead so far this season, Stephen Glass’ side also currently find themselves in a run of poor form, with the Dons being without a win in five league fixtures.
As such, the fixture at Pittodrie could provide Postecoglou with the perfect opportunity to finally secure a win away from home, however, with the Hoops having scored just once on the road this season, it may be wise for the Greek-Australian manager to change things up in his attacking lineup on Sunday.
While summer signing Georgios Giakoumakis did not have much time to make an impact on his club debut against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday, being brought on with just 16 minutes left to play in the match, the centre-forward’s form for VVV-Venlo last season would suggest that the 26-year-old is an extremely exciting option for Postecoglou to be able to call upon.
Indeed, despite his side’s eventual relegation from the Dutch top flight, the £2.25m-rated man highly impressed over his 30 Eredivisie appearances for VVV-Venlo, scoring 26 goals, registering one assist and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 3.2 shots and making 0.5 key passes per game.
These returns saw the player who Dutch journalist Jeroen Kapteijns dubbed a “phenomenon” earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.35, ranking him not only as Jos Luhukay’s best performer in the league, but also as the joint sixth-best in the entirety of the division.
As such, with Giakoumakis now appearing to be fit after suffering a number of injury setbacks in his short time at Parkhead, it would seem as if Postecoglou simply must unleash the striker against Aberdeen, as the 26-year-old’s goalscoring ability would undoubtedly terrify the Dons defence.