Giorgos Giakoumakis has “bags of presence”, says Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, after the striker’s hat-trick sunk bottom club Dundee and sent his side three points clear at the Scottish Premiership summit.
Giakoumakis struck twice in quick succession after Danny Mullen’s Dundee opener before scoring late on to snatch a huge win in the title race.
Ryan Sweeney levelled after the break for the visitors in Mark McGhee’s first game in charge, but Celtic capitalised on Rangers’ draw with Dundee United.
“He’s been good,” said Postecoglou of the Greek forward.
“He’s been working awfully hard without always getting the rewards. He’s been unlucky at times. That’s why I brought him to the club.
“You saw with the opposition putting so many players in the box, we needed someone with presence and he’s got bags of it.”
Dundee remain two points adrift of St Johnstone having played a game fewer Tensions rose inside Celtic Park as the league leaders bludgeoned their stubborn and well-organised visitors, until Giakoumakis landed a massive 86th-minute blow.