Chris Sutton believes Ange Postecoglou is having a ‘nightmare’ after the Celtic manager explained Giorgos Giakoumakis missed Thursday’s win over Raith Rovers through injury.
Postecoglou confirmed the blow after Celtic won their Premier Sports Cup clash 3-0, via The Scottish Sun. The £2.5m summer signing was set to make his long-awaited debut as a substitute during the Parkhead affair. But picked up a calf issue warming up in the first-half.
Giakoumakis did not feature on the touchline again after the break, with Celtic immediately sending the 26-year-old for scans. Thursday’s cup tie was the Greek forward’s first time in a matchday squad since joining from VVV-Venlo, having endured a disrupted pre-season.
Postecoglou is now wondering when his luck will start to change at Celtic while he waits for updates on Giakoumakis. The Hoops boss said after the Rovers affair: “We’ve sent him off for a scan. So we’ll just wait and see. I haven’t spoken to him, and I only found out about it at half-time when I was looking to make some changes.
“There’s something looming over me at the moment, just to challenge me every day. We’ll just have to cope with that. Look, it has been challenging, but there is resilience in the group. We went through the first part of the season really short at the back. Now we’re hampered in the front half and in midfield.”
Sutton took to Twitter after Postecoglou confirmed Giakoumakis’ injury and offered a bleak response for the Celtic manager. The former Hoops forward wrote: “Nightmare for Ange Postecoglou confirming Giakoumakis has a suspected calf injury.”
Is Giakoumakis injury a ‘nightmare’ for Celtic boss Postecoglou, like Sutton claims?
Giakoumakis’ injury scare is only the latest in what is becoming a nightmare at Celtic for Postecoglou, like Sutton claims. The Hoops were already without Kyogo Furuhashi after the Japanese forward picked up a knee injury while on international duty.
Furuhashi is likely to miss around a month, which would have frustrated Postecoglou after already scoring seven in nine appearances. Now, Albian Ajeti may be the Australian’s only fit first-team centre-forward after yet another injury.
Ajeti has not had the best start to the season, either, with three goals in nine appearances across all competitions. But two of those strikes came against Ross County and one against Real Betis in the last two-weeks. Postecoglou will need the Swiss to maintain that form if Giakoumakis is to miss a long-period and Celtic’s nightmare continues.