Celtic Reaction: Could Kyogo and Giakoumakis be matched Larsson and Hartson style? Title party for eternity

A multitude of factors appeared to conspire to make Celtic’s trophy presentation day one hell of a hoopla. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

Perhaps it was the fact that between Covid-19 and last season’s disasters, there hadn’t been an occasion like this since 2019. Perhaps the farewells of two of the club’s most successful and veteran players added piquancy to overseas players, Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton. Possibly the Ange Postecoglou factor played a part, as the Aussie, loved by Celtic believers, had the presence and eloquence to be eaten out of the palm of a crowd.

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So was the glamorous goal-fest of a performance that resulted in a 6-0 win over the hapless Motherwell. Or it could ultimately have been a last home game in the league that saw Celtic bathe in league glory in mid-September, which seemed unimaginable. A point where the ongoing extensive squad reshuffle had only resulted in three wins and one draw in their own backyard and three straight defeats from their first seven Premiership matches. Trouble that gave way to a 32-game unbeaten run. Whatever was poured into the mix, it made the club’s final trophy day one of the ages, a riot of noise, color and heart-wrenching pull.

A familiar sight when Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis swap places but their goals return, each leading the line alone, makes one wonder if there’s any way Ange Postecoglou could accommodate both through the middle at the same time. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

Could Kyogo and Giakoumakis form a key frontline partnership to be a modern Larsson and Hartson combo?

Goals from Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis were thrown into focus as the pair proved fatal after helping each other to double on Saturday. They did so when Furuhashi gave way to his Greek teammate in the 62nd minute. Here’s how the duo worked this season; on an either/or basis as a lone centre-forward. Due to injury problems, both were rarely available at the same time, costing both just under half the season. The fact that Furuhashi has 20 goals and Giakoumaki’s 17 despite this situation makes one wonder what they could loot if used in tandem.

Ange Postecoglou has no history in which he played two attacks throughout his coaching career. However, it would be fascinating if he were willing to tweak his system. The two players – both strong finishers in different ways – appear primed for dovetailing. Furuhashi’s game is all about constant movement and running power. Giakoumakis, on the other hand, is often a fixed, busy box lurker. Celtic found joy in the Martin O’Neill era in the early 2000s when he linked Henrik Larsson and John Hartson. Now Furuhashi is not at the level of the Swede – who is? – and the same goes for comparisons between Giakoumakis and Hartson. But they’re similar guys and one can only wonder what havoc could be wreaked if brave coach Postecoglou used Furuhashi and Giakoumakis as doubles.

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