|Celtic Splash The Cash At Last|
|15-07-08 03:40 PM|
Celtic Splash The Cash At Last
A gradually building impatience among the ranks of the Celtic support – if the annals of CelticMinded.com are anything to go by – will hopefully be deflated slightly by the news today that the Greek international striker Georgios Samaras has signed for Celtic.
Samaras arrives at the club permanently on the back of a loan spell which saw him play a crucial role in Celtic’s dramatic title win, a role which has not always been fully recognised. The striker made 21 appearances for Celtic in the second half of the season and scored six goals – five of which came, often decisively, in the league campaign. That most of his appearances came from the bench makes this a haul he can be justifiably proud of.
His arrival initially seemed to be significant not because of what he personally could offer, but because of what his arrival offered others already at the club: the competition for places seemed to spur JVoH and Skippy on to greater feats, and – to begin with at least – it seemed this rivalry for places was a Godsend for a team struggling for ideas through a bleak winter. Furthermore, his debut at Kilmarnock offered a tantalising glimpse of the talent this 23 year old undoubtedly has: a slow, easy stride into the Kilmarnock penalty area was followed by a very cool finish as Samaras rolled the ball beyond the helpless Killie keeper.
Given the form of JVoH and Skippy – a partnership which yielded 51 goals – Samaras was destined to be used as a substitute for most of the remainder of the campaign. From there, though, he still managed to chip in with some vital goals. Notable among these were his winner against ICT, his clinical finish to see off Hibs, and his vital goal – the only goal of the game – against Aberdeen (where his outrageously disallowed goal was ignored by the press in favour of a similar effort by the Dons); the winner against Motherwell in a game which was not for the faint-hearted was a key moment in our title win. Samaras also helped out the team with some crucial assists – and it was, let’s not forget, his knock back to Gary Caldwell in the first Huns game at Celtic Park which led to that all-important winner.
Samaras himself seems incredibly happy with the move, stating today the move was, “the best moment in my career, so far.”
It’s the ‘so far’ part that interests me; here’s hoping he has greater highlights coming soon.
Welcome to Paradise, Georgios.
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