Giorgos Giakoumakis reveals Celtic shunned contract demands

Former Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis has revealed that his contract demands were shunned by the club hierarchy prior to his departure to Atlanta United last January. The Greek striker was a fans’ favourite given his strong displays up front, especially in the second half of the season in Ange’s first season.

Speaking to Offside with Taylor Twellman, Giakoumakis wanted new terms after a successful debut season, which saw him sitting joint top scorer in the league.

Give me what I deserve

“I said, ‘Okay, you know what? Now you have to give me what I deserve. I was waiting. And then they said no.”

Giakoumakis revealed that the weather was a big factor in the move away with the Glasgow winter clearly influencing his decision.

I at least need the normal weather

“At the end of the day, I was like ‘do I want to go there again with this weather – maybe even worse than Glasgow?’ One year in Glasgow and I went out with my son in the park one time. That is miserable. I said (to Midtjylland) ‘thank you, but I at least need the normal weather’ – that was the reason.”

In 57 appearances, Giakoumakis scored 26 goals and made 2 assists for Celtic. Given his age profile, Celtic clearly thought that they were not going to pay top wages to a 28-year-old that was second choice behind Kyogo in Ange’s thinking. Ironically, GG probably suits Brendan Rodgers’ style of play more but he is enjoying life after Celtic in the MLS.

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