The Giorgos Giakoumakis transfer story has been done to death. It is now just a matter of time before a deal is announced and he is off to the MLS with Atalanta United or Urawa Reds in the J League.
Yesterday’s circus saw the big Greek, apparently, renege on a verbal agreement with the Japanese club and opt to play in the US, but until the dealmis signed, sealed and delivered, we will need to sit tight to find out his next destination.
But how did we get here? How did a player that is adored by the fans and, seemingly, have a good relationship with the manager and the team find himself on the brink of a Parkhead exit?
Former Celt, Mark Wilson has a theory.
Speaking on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard, Wilson said, “I think that you’ve got to think that the Celtic manager knew there was a problem on the horizon.
“I don’t think it would have been sprung on him on the same day that it was sprung on us.
“You know the Celtic manager is well aware of what’s going on under his watch. He knows his players.
“Upstairs Michael Nicholson probably told him Giakoumakis’ agent is on the phone and he is not quite happy. He doesn’t hang about.
“He doesn’t rest on his laurels. If people aren’t happy or want to move on, he’s got people lined up and he’s went ahead and he’s got it [Oh] over the line.“
And that is something we love about the gaffer.
We know all too well how costly it can be to keep hold of players who are clearly unhappy and the Celtic gaffer simply will not stand for it.
Good luck to the big guy. I hope he finds happiness wherever he ends up.
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