Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barker has disclosed that one aspect of life in Scotland that he is still getting used to is the weather, the Celtic View reports.
In particular, Barkas is adjusting to the constant rain in Scotland, and how it affects the pitches that the team plays on.
“It was not so easy for me”
“It was not so easy for me in the opening weeks because I was coming from another country and the football here is different” Barkas said, as quoted by the Celtic View (Volume 56, Issue 8, Page. 22).
“There is more heart here amongst the players. Also, things like a lot of the matches have rain, so the pitches are faster, which you have to adjust to” Barkas disclosed.
The Hoops goalkeeper’s views on the weather in Scotland are certainly interesting. After all, in Scotland we just take the bad weather for granted. It is expected to rain most of the time. However, getting this viewpoint from a player just arriving in Scotland is intriguing.
You would imagine that the weather in Greece, where Barkas previously played, isn’t great all the time. However, it probably won’t rain as much.
Many issues for new signings to get used to
There are many issues for new signings at a club to get used to. Getting to know your teammates for one. Fans don’t usually think of other issues players from abroad face though. Moving to a new country for a start, and now the bad weather, as Barkas has identified.
Still, the good news that it looks like Barkas has got used to the conditions in Scotland. He has performed well for the Hoops so far, and in seven games played he has conceded only four goals.
That is a run of form that he can be pleased with. You imagine that Neil Lennon will be as well. Once Barkas has got used to life in Scotland, and the weather and the pitches, he will be an even better performer.
For now though, he can be satisfied with the start to his Hoops career.