Celtic: BBC pundit slams Georgios Giakoumakis for European display

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Celtic ace Georgios Giakoumakis was slammed by BBC pundit Pat Bonner for his performance on Thursday night as the Bhoys crashed out of the Europa Conference League. 

The Bhoys went into the game in Norway with it all to do after suffering an emphatic 3-1 defeat at Parkhead last week leaving their spot in the European tournament hanging by a thread.

And the tone was set early on in the game as the hosts took an early lead to leave Ange Postecoglou’s side needing something pretty special to progress to the next round.

Giakoumakis had a quiet evening up top for the Hoops and was only able to land one shot on target throughout the game and his passing failed to impress too with just a 64% success rate (via SofaScore).

It was evident the Greek international did not impress the former Celtic man during the game in snowy Norway having only touched the ball 27 times:

“I don’t know why Georgios Giakoumakis is coming into his own half, he has to stretch the match and get in behind the Bodo/Glimt defence,” Bonner said on the BBC live coverage of the game.

TIF Thoughts on Giakoumakis’ display…

The 27-year-old came into the game on the back of a hat trick against Dundee on the weekend, however, that confidence was not translated into his performance.

With Postecoglou’s side hoping for a quick start to give them some hope of a comeback, the £1.8m-rated Giakoumakis was unable to provide much of a threat in any sense and as Bonner noticed, found himself dropping deep to get some action on the ball.

The team sheet could suggest Postecoglou had one eye on the weekend’s clash against Hibernian on the weekend and the game certainly played out that way.

However, with the Hoops now eliminated from the competition, it means they can now put more focus on the Scottish Premiership title race as they look to take the trophy back off their bitter rivals.

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