Imminent £8m Giorgos Giakoumakis transfer has every Celtic diehard saying exactly the same thing

Much-travelled Giorgos Giakoumakis is on the move again as the former Celtic striker closes in on a money-spinning transfer to Mexican big-hitters Cruz Azul.

The former Parkhead star was joint second top scorer in his only full season with Atlanta United but he is on the move out of Major League Soccer after only 18 months. Giakoumakis – who left Celtic after seeing his request for a new deal spurned in January 2023 – is putting the final touches on a deal which will cost an £8m outlay for Azul. And Parkhead punters – who rued the Greek international's exit – are wondering if Giakoumakis will add to the burgeoning money pot in Glasgow's east end with his agent in America to rubber-stamp his exit.

Supporters, in unison, are wonder if there is there a sell on? Celtic installed cast-iron sell-on fees in deals for the likes of Jeremie Frimpong and Kieran Tierney but it is unclear if such a clause existed in the £3.5m fee plus 800,000 in add-ons that led him Stateside. Cruz Azul have been closely monitoring a player who has played in Greece, Holland and Poland before joining Ange Postecoglou's side in August 2021.

Giorgos Giakoumakis of Atlanta United
Giorgos Giakoumakis of Atlanta United -Credit:Getty Images

It's set to be a fresh start for a player who opened up on the abrupt end to his Celtic career last month as he opened up on a requested pay rise that never came and an aborted transfer to Midtjylland. He revealed: "I said, ‘Okay, you know what? Now you have to give me what I deserve. I was waiting. And then they said no.

"At the end of the day, I was like 'do I want to go there again with this s*** 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.

“Carlos [Bocanegra, Atlanta vice president and technical director] was the only one, the only director that flew to Glasgow just to meet me. And I really appreciated that. They showed me straight away that, you know what, you’re really important. We don’t care if you’re going to be able to sign for [us] or not, we just want to meet you.”