Celtic have invested in Vasilis Barkas; any departure fee should represent that

By David Walton

June 25, 2021

The prospect of Celtic allowing Vasilis Barkas to leave for any offer shouldn’t even be entertained this summer.

In recent times, there’s been speculation over the Greek goalkeeper’s future in Glasgow. It was said before the season ended that Greek outfit PAOK were interested in doing a deal [Daily Record].

However, since then there’s been no real update. Former Celtic goalkeeper Rab Douglas gave his verdict, and stated that he has his doubts Barkas will be here come the start of the new season [Glasgow Times].

But it’s not as simple as just getting rid of Barkas should someone come in with any old offer.

For some reason, there’s a willingness to give certain players another chance but not the Greek stopper. Leigh Griffiths appears to be given another opportunity. Anthony Ralston has seen his contract extended by another year despite doing nothing last season. Yet when it comes to the player who came from a totally different footballing and cultural environment during a pandemic, he’s to be shifted on.

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There really needs to be some patience with Barkas. Especially considering when we have Scott Bain in the ranks, a goalkeeper who after three-and-a-half years has yet to prove he’s up to scratch. If Celtic are looking to offload a goalkeeper, Bain should be at the front of the queue.

Barkas came to Celtic with a terrific reputation in Greece and with Champions League experience. For one reason or another it hasn’t worked out. However, look at the season we’ve just had. It would be telling if Celtic had won the 10, with all signings impressing except from him. But truthfully, only one or two players can say they had bad campaigns.

Are we honestly going to say that Odsonne Edouard is a bad player? That Callum McGregor isn’t good enough? That clearly isn’t the case, so we shouldn’t be too quick to write off Barkas either.

Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If a club wants to take him, we can’t act as though they’re doing us a favour. We splashed out £4.5m to sign him last summer [Scottish Sun]. He remains an expensive investment given not all hope is lost on him.

Granted, if we did sell we would have to take a hit. But there’s not enough there to suggest he’s a massive disaster and needs to be sold for half of his original valuation. £4m would be a fairer fee. We shouldn’t be in any rush to sell Barkas, and that should be stressed.

Just like many others, he deserves another chance this season.

In other news, Celtic have found their top priority ahead of the Midtjylland tie.