Giakoumakis Flying In, Next-up Jota plus Celtic interest in St Johnstone Star

Celtic will tomorrow complete the signing of VVV Venlo striker Georgios Giakoumakis on a four year contract paying the Dutch side £2.5m. The Greece international striker who was the top goalscorer in the Dutch league last season scoring 26 goals in 30 Eredivisie matches, a remarkable achievement given that VVV Venlo were actually relegated.

With the medical having been successfully negotiated the former AEK Athens player will now fly to Glasgow to complete his move to Celtic tomorrow, ahead of the transfer window closing.

Celtic fought off stiff competition for Giakoumakis’ signature most notably from German side Werder Bremen. The 26 year old made his international debut in November 2020 and has scored one goal for his national side.

Filipe Jota (Photo by Valter Gouveia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Celtic are also expected to add Benfica’s left winger Filipe Jota on a season long loan deal, with an option to buy clause included. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan in La Liga with Real Valladolid, scoring once in 17 appearances, but has yet to make an appearance for Benfica since returning.

Benfica qualified for the Champions League after seeing off PSV Eidenhoven who themselves had no difficulty in defeating FC Midtjylland, who of course knocked Celtic out of the competition.

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There are one or two whispers doing the rounds that Celtic might have an interest in signing Ali McCann from St Johnstone before tomorrow’s deadline. It’s strange that none of the St Johnstone players who won both the Scottish Cup and the League Cup last season have got a move, but McCann is clearly the stand-out in that team and one of the best young players in the Scottish Premiership.

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  1. All the signings to date have been excellent but there is still one glaring omission. We need a Bobo Balde figure in the heart of defence. Someone who wins every ball that enters our penalty area. Starfelt and Welsh have done their best but do not inspire that confidence in the heart of the defence. I’m bot seeing a signing imminent and it is a position that needs sorting and also back up in case of injuries. Nir Bitton is not a centre half.