One of Vasilis Barkas’ former coaches has shared his opinion on his move to Celtic and talked up his ability to make progress at the club.
Barkas signed up at the Bhoys last summer for a reported £4.5m fee but has failed to settle in Glasgow. [Scottish Sun]
He’s had spells in and out of the team. Eventually, earlier this year, Neil Lennon made the decision to make Scott Bain his number one goalkeeper.
There are now question marks surrounding his future at the club, with Greek reports suggesting he could leave the club on loan this summer.
Jose Morais, one of Barkas’ coaches at AEK Athens, has defended his price tag and still thinks the goalkeeper has tremendous ability.
He told Inside Futbol this week: “They paid that much because of his recognised quality. Normally, Celtic are a club that have good scouting. I believe they are aware of his quality and probably things that did not go in the direction that they wanted, and to go on loan or stay at the club is not the question.
“If they want to give him another chance I believe that he has the quality to play there. I do not know if it is what he wants because a goalkeeper likes to play. If he plays then he gains confidence. Not to play is probably not the best for himself. So depending on where he is going I think he could go on loan to have a good season and then be back again to continue his career.
“He is only 26, 27 years old. I think he is a goalkeeper to play, not to be a reserve.”
Millions wasted? Or can Vasilis Barkas still come good for Celtic?
I still think it’s too early to completely write off Barkas. In money terms, his signing has been a bit of a disaster so far, but he needs a season of normality at Celtic Park before we can truly wash our hands of him.
I do believe he was a quality goalkeeper in Greece. This wasn’t a rushed signing. Celtic had been tracking him for two seasons before deciding to spend big money on him. Due diligence was done.
The progress he made at AEK and his international recognition demonstrate that Celtic aren’t the only ones who rate him.
There’s a chance, like others at the club right now, he never escapes the drama of this season or his role in the ten-in-a-row slipping away.
However, given the amount of money we weighed in on him as an asset, it’d be silly to cut our losses at this stage.