Former Celtic striker calls out parking the bus tactics in Scottish Premiership

After Giorgos Giakoumakis departure from Celtic last week, the big Greek forward has been speaking to the media over in his new home with Atlanta United and has not been very courteous in regards his former footballing environment in Scotland.

With 57 games and 26 goals for Celtic, Giorgos did a fine job as second choice striker but just couldn’t usurp Kyogo Furuhashi, which saw limited game time of late.

Giorgos Giakoumakis celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between Celtic and Shakhtar Donetsk, at the Celtic Park on October 25, 2022. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)

On the completion of his £4.3 million move to the USA and the MLS, Giorgos was frank and rather scathing in his observation of the game in the Scottish Premiership and didn’t hold back when addressing the assembled media and press pack which were in attendance to quiz the big man in his first few days as an Atlanta United player.

Giokoumakis said: “At Celtic, it is a totally different style of play, the competition there is not so good. There are two clubs, and all the other clubs try to defend. Most of the opponents were trying to block us in their box, we were keeping possession and trying to create spaces, to score in a different way.

Celtic v Hearts – Ross Stewart makes a save from Gorgios Giakoumakis during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match on 21 August 2022. Photo Malcolm Mackenzie PSI

“I think this league is a bit more competitive, they all try to play, so I think I will find even more space in the back of their defence and create more problems.”

Perhaps Giorgos does have a point when it comes to teams sitting in against Celtic and the newest Ibrox club. Still, there is undeniably a feeling of sour grapes about his departure and the way in which it happened in the end. It’s a shame as he is someone who was and still is, held in such high regard by a lot of the Celtic support.

Having said all that, we wish him every success in his future endeavour.

Watch Giorgos talk about his time in Scotland below…

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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