ANGE Postecoglou revealed tonight that Celtic’s victory over Raith Rovers in the Premier Sports Cup quarter-final at Parkhead was marred by new signing Giorgos Giakoumakis suffering from a warm-up injury.
The Glasgow club booked a semi-final against defending champions St Johnstone in Hampden in November thanks to first-half goals from Jota and Liel Abada and a second-half strike from David Turnbull.
However, Postecoglou was disappointed when Greek striker Giakoumakis, who had been recruited by VVV-Venlo in the Netherlands before the transfer window closed at the end of last month, stopped while training with the other substitutes in the first half.
The Celtic manager had hoped to put off the £ 3million acquisition in his long-awaited debut in the second half of the cup – but ended up sending his compatriot to hospital to check the extent of the strain in his calf he suffered.
Speaking to Premier Sports, he said: “I don’t know what it is, I definitely walked under a ladder. He did his calf warm-up so I just sent him for a scan now. He was unfortunately injured.
Asked about the game, Postecoglou added, “I thought we had done the job we needed. We controlled the game from the start and scored our goals very well. For the most part, we’ve done the job we needed to do tonight. It wasn’t very exciting, but at the same time the players worked hard and we got our victory.
“We encourage our wingers to really get into the danger areas in the box and Liel and Jota tonight have done really well to get into those areas. They had their rewards. It’s something we’ve obviously been working on and getting results from. Listen, this is how we settled down.
“It was a good goal for Turnbull. He did well. There are still areas of David’s game that we are working on. I still think there is more to come from him. He’s still a young man and he’s still sort of starting his career.
“I think he’s going to be a very good player going forward. There are things we will continue to push to improve in him. But he scored his goal tonight and did a job for us.
Postecoglou is looking forward to his first visit to Hampden to face defending champions St Johnstone in the semi-finals in November.
He said: “Obviously it’s nice that we’re in the semi-finals and it should be a great opportunity. St Johnstone obviously did very well in the Cups last year and will be good opponents. It’s good for us to be there. ”