SIMON DONNELLY has claimed that Sunday’s derby match will come too soon for Kyogo, going what he’s “heard”.

Since pulling up in Celtic’s Boxing Day clash at McDiarmid Park, the Japanese striker has been out with a hamstring injury. Postecoglou has never put a date on his star man’s return; however, he has said he was a few weeks behind David Turnbull, who made his return against Ross County.

Donnelly, who used to play for Celtic and regularly works for Celtic TV, has claimed on The Go Radio Football Show that he believes Giakoumakis will lead the line on Sunday as Kyogo will miss the match. In full, he claimed;

“I have heard that he is back training, but I think Sunday may come too soon for him.

“I think maybe they are looking more at the Scottish Cup semi-final. I think that might be more realistic.

“Giakmoumakis is in top form. A hat-trick in his last outing, and I think he would have the jersey anyway on Sunday.

“I think Kyogo is the best striker at the club, but he is not fully fit.”

Celtic are lucky to have Giakoumakis in top form and Maeda also excelling. The pair will most likely start with the Japanese international out wide.

It’s an important game for Celtic, and a win here could be a massive step towards the league title. Postecoglou will want nothing but a win on Sunday; he will be drilling this into his players ahead of the match.


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