Celtic boss touches on Vasilis Barkas situation after only handing him 2 appearances
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has acknowledged the hard graft put in by Vasilis Barkas, but hinted that his future could be elsewhere.
Postecoglou has only given the Greek international 2 outings this season. This came after a disastrous debut campaign in which he flopped badly after a £4.5m move from AEK Athens in 2020 [Scottish Sun].
Barkas was given a big opportunity to stake his claim this season in the Champions League qualifiers against Midtjylland. However, one costly howler later and he was back out the side again. Since then, his only other appearance came against St Johnstone on Boxing Day in a 3-1 success.
And in an interview with Greek TV outlet Novasports, Postecoglou left the door open for him to depart and head elsewhere:
“He came in at a difficult time to Celtic. Life was hard at the time due to the pandemic. He tried to make a quick impression but it didn’t work and he couldn’t settle.
“He is working hard but we will see if he has a chance at Celtic or another club.”
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Vasilis Barkas and Celtic just aren’t meant to be
This looked like a match made in heaven last season as Vasilis came to Celtic with a big reputation from Greece. Desperate for a Fraser Forster replacement, the former Athens star had the physique and certainly seemed the part. We went into last term with full confidence in the man we’d just signed.
Unfortunately, everything about his game has been concerning. He struggles to dominate his box whilst his distribution is extremely questionable. Despite having such a dominant physique, his shot-stopping ability has been questionable since arriving in Glasgow.
There have been rumours that Barkas could be off this month [The Scotsman]. If that is indeed the case, you won’t have many complaining. It would be the best thing for all parties given his status at the club.
The player can’t be particularly enjoying his time here either. He’s barely featuring whilst his career is stagnating. He arrived at Parkhead with international and Champions League experience to his name. He was a title-winner with AEK and his stock was on the rise. Now, at 27, he can barely get senior minutes.
It remains to be seen where Vasilis ends up or if he even leaves this month. But that would be ideal if there was an opportunity there. With Joe Hart and Scott Bain ahead of him in the pecking order, he’ll be lucky to play another game for the club if everyone is fit.
Unfortunately, we need someone to come in with an acceptable offer before next steps are taking. Let’s see if we manage to get one before the end of the month.