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Chris Sutton insists Celtic miss Giorgos Giakoumakis following 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid

Celtic saw Atletico Madrid come from behind twice to hold them to a 2-2 draw in their third group game of the 2023-24 Champions League campaign at Parkhead on Wednesday night.

The Hoops lost to Feyenoord and Lazio in their opening two games and headed into the clash with the La Liga club needing a victory to boost their chances of advancing to the knockout stages.

Kyogo Furuhashi opened the scoring four minutes into the game but Celtic were pegged back from the spot in the 25th minute.

The Scottish Premiership champions restored their lead through Luis Palma three minutes later, but Atletico drew level once again through Alvaro Morata in the second half.

The visitors were the better side in the last 45 minutes, and Chris Sutton was not pleased with their lack of bravery in possession during the second half.

The Celtic legend felt Daizen Maeda did not do enough playing as a central striker, and he believes the club are really missing Giorgos Giakoumakis.

Sutton took to social media platform X to react after the game.

The Greek international striker left Celtic for Major League Soccer club Atlanta United during the January transfer window, and while they went on to win the title, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup at the end of the 2022-23 campaign, it is safe to say they could do with his influence in the final third right now.

Giakoumakis ended his 18-month spell with the Hoops with 26 goals and two assists in 57 games, emerging as the highest goalscorer in both the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup in his debut season in 2021-22.

The 28-year-old was the Eredivisie highest goalscorer in 2020-21 while with VVV-Venlo with 26 league goals in 30 games, and Celtic should have done more to hold on to such a player.

They begin the second legs of their Champions League group fixtures in a fortnight with a trip to Spain to face Atletico, and failure to get a result would deal further blows on their chances of playing European football after Christmas as they are currently bottom of the group.

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