Despite English Premier League interest highlighted by transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis and Celtic appear to be on the same page when it comes to the batting of eyes and the flashing of bulging wallets from top flight English clubs – both parties are perfectly happy with their current relationship.
Romano has a fairly strong reputation when it comes to mooted transfers across the globe, and with nearly 11 million followers on social media, it’s fair to say he’s probably very well connected and correct more often than he’s not – although both Atletico Madrid and Josip Juranovic would likely attest to the fact Romano doesn’t always get things right!
Possibly on the back of some backlash from the Juranovic story Romano is very careful this time out to clarify – despite previous interest in one of Celtic’s overhead kick heroes from the weekend – that Celtic class the player as ‘untouchable’ and that Giakoumakis is perfectly happy with his current employer.
‘There were clubs interested in Georgios Giakoumakis as he’s doing great with Celtic, also approached by Premier League clubs in the last few days. Celtic have absolutely no intention to sell him: untouchable.
He’s key player – also, Giakoumakis is happy at Celtic’
There were clubs interested in Georgios Giakoumakis as he's doing great with Celtic, also approached by Premier League clubs in the last few days. Celtic have absolutely no intention to sell him: untouchable. 🟢🇬🇷 #Celtic
He's key player – also, Giakoumakis is happy at Celtic.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 16, 2022
Giorgos Giakoumakis has started the season playing the role of a supporting act from the bench, but with the number games about to go from one to two games a week as European football and the domestic cup competitions come to the fore, Scotland’s joint top scorer last season will be called upon to start games more often as the season builds up to a relentless pace. When it does there will be more than enough games and goals up for grabs to satisfy the striking thirst of both Giakoumakis and Kyogo.
For now, as with the mooted interest in Juranovic and Matt O’Riley, Celtic appear – possibly with the security of Champions League funding guaranteed through automatic group stage qualification this season – to be happy not to court interest in our top team talents. Changed days from selling the family silver every summer to make up for another failed Champions League qualifying campaign and a most welcome deviation.
Giakoumakis faced a great number of doubting Thomas’s when signing from VVV Venlo after finishing as Eredivisie top scorer, this despite his club being relegated. Yet a lack of a proper pre-season and a delay in signing the Greek striker as exits for the previous season’s wantaways were concluded, saw the player struggle to build up the base level of fitness required to keep up with his teammates.
Despite niggling injuries and proper pre-season preparation, Giakoumakis declined the opportunity during the winter break to spend time with family and friends and instead knuckled down to a mini pre-season in December. The results in the new year were immediate, as the striker became the joint top scorer in the Scottish top-flight and proved himself a penalty box predator renowned for his one-touch finishes in the second half of the season.
Such a turnaround, and a goalscoring start to this season, has no doubt led to interest from other clubs, but it appears that neither the player or the club is interested in in discussing alternative career plans this summer.
It does make you wonder however just how good EPL scouts are, after all Celtic picked up the Dutch top flight scorer for £2.5m just last summer. How much would he cost now?
Morning Gossip: Despite reported interest in Giorgos Giakoumakis @CelticFC have no intention of selling him. Our business not yet over as Ange said “I still think if we can find a player or two who can play more than one position in the way we play I think that will help us.” HH pic.twitter.com/PF3i8i2FH2
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) August 16, 2022
🇬🇷 | Giorgos Giakoumakis
There has been approaches to Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis in recent days from PL sides impressed by his performances.
Celtic have absolutely no intention to sell the player & Giakoumakis is happy at the club.
— Everything Celtic (@aboutceltic) August 16, 2022
— 20 Minute Tims (@20MinuteTims) August 16, 2022