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Postecoglou reveals striker might make his debut this weekend

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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou will receive a boost to his squad as Giorgos Giakoumakis is set to make his Celtic debut at Aberdeen on Sunday

The Greece international was on the team sheet as a substitute for the Premier Sports Cup tie against Raith Rovers but suffered an injury while warming up.

The club has suffered massively, following multiple players being out injured. This has left Albian Ajeti as Ange’s only option up front, but the Swiss has failed to score in his last 3 appearances.

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Ajeti had a promising start, bagging three goals against Ross County and Real Betis, but his form has dropped since then.

Giakoumakis, Eredivisie’s top scorer last season, is set to give Postecoglou some crucial reinforcement in attack.

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When asked about Giakoumakis after yesterday’s match, Postecoglou revealed that the forward might be fit to feature in the coming weekend if he gets a full week of training.

Postecoglou told The Sun:

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“The scan came back actually more positive than we thought so we’re hoping he’ll get back into training this week. If Giakoumakis gets a full week of training we’re quite hopeful for next weekend.”

The Hoops have now dropped 11 points in 7 matches, following the 1-1 draw with Dundee at Parkhead on Sunday.

Thursday’s Europa League clash with Bayer Leverkusen will be too soon for the former VVV-Venlo striker to feature, but the gaffer  is hopeful he will be available at Aberdeen on Sunday

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“He only really missed two days of training and had a session (on Sunday). Hopefully he’ll be back training with the group early in the week.”

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Ange provides injury report and welcomes home Scottish Cup draw

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Ange Postecoglou got the job done against Alloa Athletic in the Scottish Cup fourth round on Saturday.

A 2-1 win against League One side ensured advancement to the showpiece final at Hampden Park later this season.

The goal was to get through, but despite accomplishing that goal, injuries forced Callum McGregor and Yosuke Ideguchi to leave the Indodrill Stadium.

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Ange Postecoglou spoke exclusively to Celtic TV about the duo’s fitness and the fifth round, which includes a match versus Raith Rovers at Celtic Park.

The Celtic manager said: “Callum is better today. He wasn’t in great shape after the game but I’ve exchanged messages with him and he feels a bit better, which is great.

“Knowing the type of character Callum is, for him to come off was something significant. Hopefully, his recovery doesn’t take too long.

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“Yosuke is not great. I think I said after the game it didn’t look too serious but it’s still pretty painful now.

“I was optimistic it wouldn’t be too bad, but as everyone saw in the footage it was a tackle that shouldn’t have happened and should have been addressed on the day.

“It was a terrible tackle and one he hasn’t come of too well and will be missing for a little bit as well.

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“The pitch wasn’t great in the last round against Alloa and they’re the type of things you want to avoid. The fact we’re at home in front of our supporters and on our pitch, I think is a good advantage.”

On the plus side, the team put in a strong performance on Saturday, led by Giorgos Giakoumakis, who scored his second goal for the green and white Hoops.

“It was good for him and more important it was good to get 90 minutes,” he said. “He’s had an interrupted first half of the year but he’s worked awfully hard.

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“We gave most of the guys a week off in between games but he stayed at Lennoxtown with a few other boys and put in the work.

“He got through the 90 minutes pretty strong and scored his goal, so it’s a good foundation for him.”

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Celtic’s brilliant player could leave before transfer deadline

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Celtic’s Mikey Johnston might be on the move in the last week of the transfer market as Aberdeen look for a loan deal.

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass, according to the Daily Record, is desperate to add additional attacking alternatives.

The Dons now want to loan Johnston out for the remainder of the season, which might be beneficial to all parties involved.

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This season, Johnston has appeared in 12 Scottish Premiership matches but has only played 90 minutes twice.

With loanee Jota excelling in from the left-wing, Ange Postecoglou hasn’t given Johnston a big role this season.

A new signing has been made. Daizen Maeda can also play on the left, Johnston may find it difficult to break into the first squad if he stays at Celtic.

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Johnston, like Ryan Christie in 2017, may be able to play frequently and really kick on if he moves to Aberdeen.

It’s worth noting that former Celtics star Scott Brown is said to have given Johnston a great endorsement.

Brown and Johnston were teammates at Celtic, and with Brown now assisting Stephen Glass as a coach in addition to his playing duties, Johnston has come highly recommended.

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Celtic are currently dealing with a number of injuries, so Postecoglou may be able to postpone Johnston’s departure until the very last minute.

With his 23rd birthday approaching in April, Johnston may have to consider leaving Celtic for good.

Although 11 goals and 10 assists in 77 matches isn’t bad, it’s difficult to envisage him as a starting player for the Bhoys.

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Callum McGregor has described Johnston as “sensational” and a “great talent,” but he has been plagued by injuries, particularly this season.

Johnston is a quick and crafty player with a lot of potential, but he may need some time away from Celtic — either on loan or permanently – to fully realize it.

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Celtic closing in on deal to sign Matt O’Riley

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Ange Postecoglou’s side has made moves to make additions to the Celts’ squad, and the latest they have their eyes on is English third-tier midfielder, Matt O’Riley of MK Dons.

The 21-year-old Englishman is reportedly wanted by both Blackburn Rovers and his former coach, Chris Martin’s current side, Swansea City.

As reported by The Athletic, Celtic is set on signing the midfielder on a 1.5 million pound deal by the end of the week, which will beat competition not just from England, but Europe.

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Matt O’Riley, who sits ninth in goals and assists in England’s League One, was reportedly eyed by the Gunners and the Citizens. This, his speed and the ability to play anywhere in the midfield, will make him a great signing for Ange.

O’Rilley, the EFL player of the month in November last year, was on Denmark and Norway’s watch lists earlier this month (eligible from his mother’s side), a clear indication of his potential.

Since Swansea almost have Monchengladbach’s winger, Hannes Wolf, whom Celtic supposedly wanted on loan terms, Ange has a bigger chance to gain payback in O’Riley.

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The youngster, if signed by Celtic, will see Fulham pocket some good money from their sell-on clause with his current side, but the contributions he has made since joining are probably worth every cent.

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