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Daily Record makes surprise claims about unhappy Giakoumakis wanting out of Celtic

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The Daily Record is running with a story that 15 months into a five year contract Giorgos Giakoumakis is unhappy with the terms of the deal.

There is a strong hint of the Three Amigos about the story which is based around Celtic failing to deliver on promises made when the striker signed from VVV Venlo at the end of August 2021.

A five year contract would suggest complete delight at the terms on offer, modern contracts can run to 50 pages or more as every possible performance bonus is laid out.

Giakoumakis has been a fantastic success at Celtic after a sticky start due to sitting out the start of last season in Holland then picking up injuries.

Since the turn of the year his record has been exceptional, with Kyogo Furuhashi out injured he stepped into the side in January with his goals going a long way to securing the title including the clincher in a 1-1 draw at Dundee United in May.

Late on Wednesday night the Daily Record claimed:

Giorgos Giakoumakis is poised for a shock Celtic exit in January.

The Scottish champions have been unable to reach an agreement over an improved contract with the striker. Talks have been on-going but unless there is a significant change of heart on either side then a suitable compromise is unlikely to be reached. Celtic are also in a similar position with Croatia’s World Cup star Josip Juranovic and are ready to cash in.

There is already strong European interest in Greek international Giakoumakis, who still has a contract until 2026. However, he is unhappy a new deal can’t be agreed.

The frontman dropped his wage demands significantly to make the move from VVV-Venlo last year but it was on the understanding his terms would be improved if he had a successful first season in Scottish football.

Celtic have offered a pay rise but it is still significantly short of where the 27-year-old feels his salary should be.

It seems strange to be so unhappy just over a year into a five year contract. Prior to joining Celtic at the age of 26 the striker had been something of a nomad, spending a season at VVV Venlo, Gornik Zabrze and OFI Crete before appearing to hit the jackpot with a long term deal at Celtic.

Although alternating with Kyogo Furuhashi as the main Celtic striker probably isn’t ideal it does seem a substantial step up to the previous three years on the move.

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  • john mc guire says:

    lets hope its true the guy is a dud am getting on a bit but this guy missses a load am sure there is better out there and if he thinks the grass is greener watch the door it might hit your arse on the way out .

    Editor: Seriously? Guy is a gem. If you want to talk duds there is Bayo, Ajeti, Klimala (the Moussa money) then Bangura, Carlton Cole, Kazim Richards and plenty more £2-3m signings that have failed miserably.

  • Keith says:

    Sell him…

    • Bennybhoy57 says:

      If he goes, he goes. ..but think story is a load of tosh.
      If not he should be sacking his agent, five year deals should not be made up of promises.
      Performance related salary to risky.

  • peter cassidy says:

    players come and go thats football now if its true and he wants to miuch money and we cant affford his demand he will be moved on i expect but thats if its true this is the daily bull stating this ??!?.

  • Eamonn Little says:

    I smell shite here.Probably just wanting out.Him and Juranovic are quite tight I believe,so maybe thinking get a move,bit more money,better climate,and no rabid Huns abusing you when your out for a meal.This place is a backwater,whether we like that or not,it is.

  • John Copeland says:

    Celtic FC should go on a full bore investigation to find the ‘source ‘, to the Daily Record ! The rag are obviously paying someone inside Paradise for this kind of information .Every one of us know exactly where the Record’ s allegiances lie in Scottish football ,so this is doubly difficult to understand ……

  • Steevo says:

    Usual stir up some negative about Celtic while trying to build up sevco

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