Brilliant Barkas namechecks "10 in-a-row" in first official Celtic interview

By Hamish Carton

July 30, 2020

New Celtic signing Vasilis Barkas has sent out a positive message in his first interview as a Hoops player – by saying he wants to land 10 in-a-row.

The Greek goalkeeper was confirmed as the club’s first permanent signing of the summer on Thursday afternoon – and will wear the number 1 jersey recently vacated by Craig Gordon.

That move looks pretty symbolic as many expect Barkas to become Lennon’s go to guy in nets, with Scott Bain dropping to back-up.

And Barkas certainly fancies his chances of making an impact in Glasgow as he namechecked 10 in-a-row and the Champions League in his first Celtic interview.

“I’m very happy to be here,” he said on the club’s official website.

“It’s a dream to come to one of the biggest teams in Europe, and I can’t wait to play for Celtic.

“Winning medals and trophies is why I came here. I want to win 10 in-a-row, and I want to help us get into the Champions League. That’s what I want.”

Celtic man Vasilis Barkas (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

“I feel good with pressure, if a game is played like a friendly, I don’t like that. I don’t like friendly games, I like to play under pressure.

“I like the derbies, I like the Champions League games – these are what I’m looking forward to.”

Will Barkas play on Sunday?

Barkas certainly talks a good game, and many will hope that he can back that up with strong performances between the sticks.

The club have made a really positive statement by bringing him in, and giving him the number one jersey.

Now the ball is in Neil Lennon’s court about whether Barkas features in Sunday’s game against Hamilton or not.

Lennon now has a decision to make (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lennon usually likes to take it slow with new recruits, as seen by the likes of Christopher Jullien, Patryk Klimala and Ismaila Soro.

However, he did throw Fraser Forster right into the action last season against Hearts, just days after he had rejoined the club.

Barkas last featured for AEK on July 15th so you’d like to think he’d be pretty ready if called upon.

However, the nature of the opposition may persuade Lennon to take it slowly with our new giant Greek.

In other news, Celtic’s home match against Livingston in September could see some fans back at Celtic Park.