Giorgios Giakoumakis has missed the feeling of the Celtic support chanting his name as they celebrate his goals during the summer break and is eager to get back on the scoresheet again this season as the club embark on their quest to compete in four competitions.
The Greek star, who scored 17 times and topped the Premiership golden boot charts despite in an injury hit start to his debut year for the Hoops, has set his sights on an even more fruitful season in front of goal this time around.
The 27-year-old, who was also top scorer in the Dutch league before signing for Postecoglou’s men, credits his rapport with the support as one of his main inspirations to do well and win more trophies in Glasgow and has missed the feeling of celebrating with the fans and hearing them chant his name.
He is now looking to add to his impressive goal tally as soon as possible, starting with Kilmarnock this weekend.
Speaking to the Celtic View he explained how he now feels settled and important to the club and wants to repay the supports’ faith in him with a bag full of goals domestically and in Europe as Celtic return to the Champions League group stage after a four year absence.
He said: “It feels different to last summer. I feel I am really important for the club and the fans make me realise it every week.
“It’s something I always appreciate and will always love, and always remember, It is one of the reasons I will try to do my best on the field for this club.
“I want to score more goals as I already miss celebrating with them.
“I love it, whenever they sing my song, I just love it.
“I feel settled and really happy playing for this jersey.
“The energy we have in the training ground is really positive and we are happy we started the season with two wins from two games.”
Gioakoumakis missed part of Celtic’s pre-season as his wife was giving birth to their second child and first daughter in Greece.
His young family have remained back in his homeland as they get a passport for the baby to bring her to Glasgow and he is hopeful they will be joining him again within the next fortnight.
Describing them as his “strength” the forward, who also won the Premiership and League Cup double at Celtic Park last season after joining from Dutch side VVV-Venlo, said: “I miss my family, my son, my daughter and my wife, so I am looking forward to bringing them back.
“Of course, it’s difficult, your family have to be next to you all the time, otherwise it’s very difficult as you don’t get many days off to travel to them.
“But it won’t be much longer until they are with me. They are my strength all the time.”