Video: Giorgos Giakoumakis becomes joint top-scorer in the MLS

Former Celtic striker, Giorgos Giakoumakis has become the joint top-scorer in the American MLS. The Greek attacker has drawn level on 14 goals for the campaign and is almost certainly in the running for the Golden Boot in the league across the Atlantic Ocean.

The big centre-forward was a real steal for Celtic when we snatched him from relegated VVV-Venlo in the Dutch Eredivisie in the summer of 2021. He scored a barrel load of goals in that league and continued that form in Scotland when we signed him, scoring some crucial goals along the way – including the one that clinched the Scottish Premiership at Tannadice.

MLS, Fussball Herren, USA Inter Miami CF at Atlanta United FC Sep 16, 2023 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Atlanta United forward Giorgos Giakoumakis 7 reacts after scoring a goal against Inter Miami CF goalkeeper Drake Callender 1 during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium Georgia USA, Photo John David Mercer

Not happy with playing second fiddle to Kyogo Furuhashi at Celtic Park, he made his motives clear that he saw his career elsewhere and Ange Postecoglou duly obliged in letting him explore his options. Along with Josip Juranovic, it was a strange one for the Hoops support to wrap their heads’ around as we didn’t secure big money for crucial players.

Atlanta United secured his services for £4 million or so and definitely got a major bargain with Giorgos. It’s clear as day that the man will score goals no matter where he goes and it’s a valuable commodity in the game of football. He’s tearing up the MLS and has one Lionel Messi as his competition, so he isn’t doing too bad currently. Although he didn’t face the Inter Miami star tonight as his side won 4-2.

He knows the way to goal, does Giorgos!

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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  1. The fashion for one up front, and the need to have back-up, means that you’re always going to have one unhappy striker. We should have moved heaven and earth to hold onto GG.