New Celtic signing Vasilis Barkas thinks his days of training at Lennoxtown this week will have prepared him for a club debut on Sunday against Hamilton, The Scottish Sun reports.
Barkas was officially unveiled as Neil Lennon’s newest recruit yesterday and he was on hand to provide the media with quotes overnight, settling right into things with stories of Georgios Samaras and projecting supreme confidence in his abilities.
It’s unknown who manager Lennon will decide to go with as his goalkeeping choice this weekend, with Scott Bain also available after weeks of pre-season friendlies.
He’s the boss, so it will be down to him, but Barkas is certainly eyeing an appearance.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said yesterday: “I think with two more days of training, yes I can play. I don’t feel pressure or something like that.
“Even in AEK, I didn’t feel pressure. I’m working every day to do my job, just like my team-mates, so I don’t feel anything extra.
“I feel comfortable with this and I want to do my job, keep clean sheets and help my team to win.
“I’m so excited and I can’t wait to train with my new team-mates and play my first game.”
It’s notable that last year Lennon signed up Fraser Forster on a Thursday and played him against Hearts on the Sunday despite not featuring for Southampton in an age prior to his arrival.
Forster was obviously more of a known quantity to the manager and coach Stevie Woods, but it shows Lennon isn’t afraid to go with his number one choice out of the gate.
Barkas isn’t short of match practice either, most recently playing for Greek side AEK Athens on July 15th in a 0-0 draw against PAOK.
In fact, he’s played eight league matches throughout June and July.
Hamilton is, on the fact of it, a great game to bed a ‘keep into the team too, with Brian Rice’s team not expected to attack and put the champions’ defence under too much pressure.
All eyes will be on Sunday’s team selection.