£4.5m Celtic man looks destined for Parkhead exit door after Tuesday report

By David Walton

November 23, 2021

It looks as though Vasilis Barkas is set to leave Celtic either in January or the summer after a report emerged today regarding Scott Bain’s future.

The Scottish Daily Express have today claimed that Ange Postecoglou is set to hand Bain a new Parkhead contract. This comes after being highly impressed with the Scotland international at Lennoxtown this season.

Both Bain and Barkas have been playing back-up to experienced number 1 Joe Hart this term. But it hasn’t been clear who would be the first reserve should anything happen to the Englishman.

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Granted, Bain has regularly been featured on the Celtic bench this season when it comes to domestic action. Barkas, meanwhile, has only regularly been seen in the matchday squads when it comes to European competition. He’s only made 1 domestic squad all season [Transfermarkt].

And if Celtic move to cement their faith in Bain as backup, £4.5m Neil Lennon signing Barkas will see his time in Scotland unofficially up [Scottish Sun].

There’s simply no chance that a goalkeeper of his profile and experience will accept being number 3 at Celtic Park. Not when he was playing in the UEFA Champions League only 2 years ago.

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Celtic need to cut their losses on Vasilis Barkas; a January exit suits everyone

If Celtic can find a buyer for Barkas in January, expect a deal to be done. Because it’s clear that Ange doesn’t like what he’s seeing from the former AEK Athens man. Otherwise he would be involved in more squads and ahead of Bain in the pecking order.

The story about a new deal for Bain paints a bad picture for the Greek stopper. And it’s not ideal for Celtic to be paying the wages they will be on Barkas for a number 3 shot-stopper.

Not to mention Celtic have a host of youngsters who could do with that spot. It would surely suit the likes of Tobi Oluwayemi, for example, to be in there training regularly with Hart and Bain. The 3rd goalkeeper jersey should generally be handed to a youngster in any case. That allows them early exposure to first-team demands.

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It could be the case of course that Barkas has wanted to stay and fight for his place in the past. But the truth is that’s not a realistic scenario for him to pursue anymore. Not if Bain is going to sign a new deal and Postecoglou actively likes what he’s producing. The chances of Barkas ever breaking back into the team is next to non-existent.

As of yet, there has been no reported interest in the player’s services. However, there remain question marks over whether Barkas would spring to life at somewhere he feels more comfortable. It would be interesting to see how he coped if he moved back home to Greece, for example.

We’ll see what the coming weeks bring. For now, however, Barkas’ days here look numbered. Ange appears close to confirming his backing for Bain. If that’s the case, how can you see any way back for the Greek?

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