A Greek journalist has stated that a summer exit for Celtic star Vasilis Barkas could be on the cards.
Barkas has had a torrid debut season at Parkhead after signing from AEK Athens in the summer. He cost the club a reported £4.5million [Scottish Sun], but has failed to nail down his place as the number one.
The former Athens star has only made 20 appearances for the Hoops this season. In recent weeks, manager Neil Lennon has claimed that the shot-stopper hasn’t settled in Glasgow. He did state however that we will see the best of him as we go along [BBC].
But it remains to be seen what the player’s long-term future holds. And Greek journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos, who originally broked the story of Barkas coming to Glasgow, believes an exit route could be available in the summer:
Barkas was not in Celtic squad v Ross County. Seems, he's running out of time in Celtic Park. On loan in summer transfer window is possible. Greece is NOT an option at the moment#Celtic #CelticFC #Barkas
— Giannis Chorianopoulos (@choria80) February 22, 2021
Celtic man Vasilis Barkas has been given time – losing him may be a careless move however
Barkas is in such a precarious position right now. With Lennon likely into his final eight games or so as manager, it looks as though he’s settled on a first-choice goalkeeper in Scott Bain. It would be a surprise if we found ourselves with Barkas in goal at any stage between now and the end of the season.
The summer will be such an important period in the Greek’s career. If a new manager does come in, the chances are he’ll want to bring in his own number one. It would then be down to Barkas to prove why that isn’t necessary.
But it could be a careless move to allow him to depart. Especially considering the pedigree he arrived with and the quality he undoubtedly has. We’ve seen what he can produce before when we faced Athens back in 2018 during the Euro qualifiers.
The idea of loaning him out has its merits of course. It would give him a chance to finally rediscover his form. A chance to get consistent minutes under his belt and an opportunity to get the Celtic fans excited about what he’s going to bring.
That, however, shouldn’t be on the player’s mind. The only thing Barkas should be thinking about right now is impressing Lennon or any new manager in pre-season later this year.
We’ll see what happens over the summer, but it would be a major surprise if Celtic sanctioned any move for their expensive goalkeeper.