Ange:“The scan came back actually more positive than we thought,” Giorgos Giakoumakis set for Pittodrie return

Celtic’s deadline day signing Giorgos Giakoumakis hasn’t featured yet for Celtic and just as we were expecting to see the Greek striker who last season was the top goalscorer in the Dutch Eredivisie get some match-time in the league Cup quarter final against Raith Rovers the former VVV Venlo star pulled up with a muscle pull and was promptly sent for a scan.

It appeared to be one thing after another for Ange Postecoglou as his wafer thin squad snuggles to cope as the manager’s injury worries pile up. Yesterday for instance by the interval in the 1-1 draw against Dundee Utd both Juranovic (hamstring) and McCarthy (ankle) were forced off injured.

Add the missing stars Callum McGregor, James Forrest, Kyogo, Christoper Jullien, Mikey Johnston, Karamoko Dembele…the list goes on and on.

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However with a melancholic mood setting in around Paradise, one piece of good news is welcome and that came from the manager who confirmed that the injury to the Greek striker isn’t as bad as expected and he’ll actually be able to train with the squad this week. And if Thursday game against Bayer Leverkusen is too soon then he should be able to feature up at Pittodrie on Sunday in a match that Celtic simply have to win.

These away fixtures seem pretty tough with all the likely harder games coming at Celtic thick and fast. There was a decent explanation on this for those wondering published on here last week. In case you missed it…

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“The scan came back actually more positive than we thought so we’re hoping he’ll get back into training this week, which is good news because he’s missed a fair bit,” the Celtic manager told the media as reported by STV when updating on Giakoumakis.

“It wasn’t just the injury which we thought might be significant. We thought he might have to go back into rehab. But the fact the scan has come back pretty good means he can get back out training again.”

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