Opinion: Expect one more Celtic transfer to be completed soon
With Celtic announcing that Yosuke Ideguchi has returned to Japan on a year-long loan deal, you would be forgiven for thinking that Celtic’s business involving players leaving the club has come to an end, but that is not the case, as – technically at least – Georgios Giakoumakis is still a Celtic player.
A man who was constantly talked about during the transfer window has almost been forgotten about, as the Hoops have moved on, and it seems only a matter of time before the Greek international is announced as an Atlanta United player.
The MLS transfer window is open later than the Scottish one, which explains why Giakoumakis’ move can still take place.
When the transfer is finally announced, it will be interesting to see how the player is remembered by the Celtic support. He did score some big goals for the Hoops last season, which were vital to the Bhoys winning the league, and he also scored some big goals in the first-half of this season too, against the likes of St Johnstone and Hearts.
But he wasn’t at the club anywhere near long enough to be considered a Celtic legend or anything like that, and the same is true of Celtic’s other big recent departure Josip Juranovic, another player that was vital to the Hoops winning the title last season but didn’t stay at the club long enough to be considered a Celtic legend. He can be considered a ‘cult hero’ and who knows, perhaps in time Giakoumakis will be considered one too?
As has already been said, Celtic have moved on from Giakoumakis, as Hyeongyu Oh was brought in as the Hoops’ new striker, and he has had a fairly bright start to his career in Glasgow, but we won’t really find out just how good a player he is until he gets a run of starts for the Bhoys, and that might well come this season.
Once Giakuomakis’ move is completed, which will surely happen in the next few days, then Celtic’s transfer business will be completed for another season, but you imagine that Ange Postecoglou and the Celtic transfer department will already be working on deals that can be made for players to both join and leave the club in time for the 2023/24 season.
The Hoops’ squad looks to be constantly evolving under Postecoglou, with players leaving and arriving at each transfer window, and the eventual departure of Giakoumakis will be just another example of how the squad has changed and evolved in the last two years under the current Celtic management.
7th February 2023 at 3:31 pm
Ho is young strong faster and younger than gaikomkas if he is as good in the air we can forget about gaikomakous byt i think it will take time did giakomakus know celtic was signing another srriker or was it the money i know celtic would gave paid him well but maybe his lifestyle needed more money than celtic was going to offer to go to china that must have been a lot more than european teams was willing to pay so china so its the money he wanted not jyst a good wage but a lot more tham celtic or european teams he is worth now uts america no wonder angi us finished with it but i wish him luck and hope ge enjoys atlanta as much as celtic