Celtic FC: Giorgos Giakoumakis highlights the issue that prompted his departure

Celtic FC: Giorgos Giakoumakis highlights the issue that prompted his departure

Giorgos Giakoumakis, the Greek striker who once topped the SPFL scoring charts with Celtic, has found continued success in front of goal after his move to Atlanta United in Major League Soccer. Despite leaving Scotland 18 months ago, Giakoumakis’ prowess on the pitch remains undiminished across the Atlantic.

The forward’s decision to leave Celtic was influenced by more than just footballing reasons. While European football and a chance to stay closer to home were on offer, it was ultimately the Scottish weather that played a significant role in his departure. The allure of sunnier skies proved too tempting for Giakoumakis.

However, it wasn’t just the gloomy climate that contributed to his exit from Parkhead. After netting an impressive 13 goals in his debut season following a transfer from Dutch side VVV Venlo, Giakoumakis sought recognition through improved wages. His request was denied by Celtic management, setting the stage for his eventual move away.

As he contemplated his future post-Celtic, former Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra stepped into the picture. Now serving as technical director at Atlanta United, Bocanegra made a personal trip to Glasgow solely to meet with Giakoumakis—a gesture that resonated deeply with the striker.

Bocanegra’s efforts paid off as he convinced Giakoumakis not only with promises of warm welcomes but also through genuine interest and care for him as a player. This level of attention swayed Giakoumakis towards choosing MLS over other potential destinations like Denmark’s Midtjylland where harsher weather awaited.

Since joining Atlanta United, Giakoumakis has maintained his scoring touch, adding 24 goals in 39 appearances to complement his previous tally of 26 goals during his time at Celtic. Clearly demonstrating that regardless of continent or league, Giakoumakis knows how to find the back of the net.

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