One notable story surrounding Celtic at present is the uncertainty surrounding the future of striker Giorgos Giakoumakis, with the Greek international having been tipped for a possible exit in the January transfer window.
Recent reports have claimed that the 27-year-old could be in line for a departure from Parkhead in the New Year following a stall in negotiations regarding an improved deal, with a parting of ways potentially on the cards.
The suggestion is that the 6 foot 2 marksman is ‘unhappy’ at the failure to come to an agreement regarding a bumper new contract, with the club’s offer of a pay rise said to be ‘significantly’ below the player’s expectations.
The 11-cap gem had initially joined the Glasgow side back in the summer of 2021 for a reported fee of around £2.5m, having caught the eye after scoring 29 goals in what was a stunning campaign the year prior for Dutch outfit, VVV-Venlo.
Despite initial fitness issues and a lack of regular game time – having made just 22 starts for the Hoops to date – the imposing striker has still consistently delivered the goods when he has been afforded a chance to impress, with 25 goals in just 50 games for the Old Firm side.
While there has been talk of a new centre-forward addition coming through the door in the winter window, the Bhoys could also help to replace Giakoumakis’ impact by unleashing Ben Quinn on the first team, with the 18-year-old having been in sparkling form in the youth ranks of late.
While not typically deployed through the middle, the teenager could well provide an extra goalscoring threat from flanks were he be handed a chance by Postecoglou, with the young Irishman having scored five goals and laid on three assists in all competitions so far this season.
The Dublin-born sensation may well have caught the attention of the title-winning coach amid his impact in recent games, having recorded six goal contributions in just his last four Lowland League games for the club’s ‘B’ team.
That includes a brilliant brace in the recent comeback victory over Bo’ness United, the youngster scoring twice late on to seal all three points having been “very impressive once again“, according to journalist Sean Markus Clifford.
Such form must surely have caught the eye of Postecoglou, with the former Yokohama Marinos boss potentially able to strike gold by thrusting Quinn into the fray when club action resumes later this month.
While the loss of the free-scoring Giakoumakis would no doubt be a blow for the champions, that departure could well open the door for another attacking talent to shine.