Player claims Celtic forced him out as he takes aim at Ange and executives
- Mike Johnshon
- 07 Nov, 2023
Giorgos Giakoumakis has criticized Celtic for pushing him out and disclosed that his connection with Ange Postecoglou had deteriorated.
Despite a successful inaugural season in MLS with Atlanta United, where he was voted the Newcomer of the Season due to his impressive 17-goal performance, Giakoumakis struggled to secure a primary position at Celtic under Postecoglou, despite demonstrating his talent with 26 goals in 57 appearances but with limited starts.
While he remained a favorite among the fans, speaking to The Athletic, he mentioned having "problems" with higher-ups at Parkhead, despite maintaining a positive relationship within the team. His rapport with Postecoglou also suffered, although there was no explicit altercation.
Giakoumakis said: “I wouldn’t think to leave Celtic if several things didn’t go wrong, and many of them were completely wrong. I cannot lie. My relationship with the manager wasn’t great, at the end of the day. We never had a specific fight, but he didn’t trust me as much as I wanted to feel trusted.”
“I had to go. I had to go. I never regretted a moment. I was sad that I had to leave Celtic. I was living a life there. I was like a god for the fans.
"My connection with them was really special, and it was sad, but I had to make my decision. My last month in Celtic I was suffering because of some people at the club. I didn’t receive the respect from the people or from the club. So actually, I think they forced me to go out.”
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