Celtic have confirmed the signing of Giorgos Giakoumakis on a five-year deal. The player was the top scorer in the Dutch top flight last year but could not help VVV Venlo beat the drop; however, Celtic have capitalised on this by signing the 29-goal striker.
The Greek Internationalist is believed to have been signed for around £2.2m with add-ons and will likely be seen as a replacement for Odsonne Edouard, who appears set to depart to Crystal Palace.
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In the club’s announcement, Giakoumakis commented that he was delighted to have signed for Celtic.
“I’m really delighted to commit my long term future to Celtic and I can’t wait to get started with my new team mates.
“Celtic is one of the world’s great football clubs with the best fans around. It is a Club I have admired for so long and it will now be an honour to wear this famous jersey. To know that the Manager wanted me so much to join Celtic is really humbling and it makes me know I have made the right choice.”
“We have some exciting challenges this season in Scotland and in Europe and I will be doing all I can to help the team as much as possible and bring our supporters success.”
Celtic are expected to announce the arrival of Filipe Jota and the departure of Ryan Christie to Bournemouth. If Christie departs, Celtic should look to make a move for St Johnstone’s Ali McCann as they look to add some energy to the middle of the park. The club need a couple new signings on top of the Greek Internationalist and the Portuguese starlet to replace the quality of Edouard and Christie, it would be unwise for the club to let the opportunity slip and not solidify in this window.
It could be a busy evening for Celtic but hopefully, this is the first of more than a couple incomings to bolster Ange Postecoglou’s ranks.