Neil Lennon provided a worrying update on goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas after Wednesday night’s 2-0 Celtic win.
Scott Bain was a surprise inclusion against Hamilton Accies in the Scottish Premiership victory.
Just a few weeks ago, Lennon had stated that Barkas was his number one goalkeeper moving forward after a Conor Hazard stint between the sticks.
However, the manager will now be moving forward with Bain after admitting the Greek international isn’t delivering what he’s looking for.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Lennon said: “I don’t think Vasilis has settled. He’s not the presence at the minute that he can be. He needs a bit of adaptation, more time. I don’t think he is up to the speed and physicality of the game.
“I made the decision to bring Scott back in. He has been knocking at the door and he was comfortable. You will probably see the best of Vasilis as we go along, not just at this moment.
“He can improve his physicality, shot-stopping and general influence around the box. He has good ability, I don’t think we have seen the best of him yet. Scott will continue in goal.”
Vasilis Barkas yet to shine for Celtic
It’s not the first time Lennon has suggested the summer signing isn’t adjusting to life at Celtic.
Back in November, Barkas was cited as an example of a player who was struggling at Lennoxtown amidst Covid-19 restrictions [The Herald].
However, having recently put his faith back into the Greek international, it makes little sense to me to unceremoniously drop him and criticise him in public.
How is he going to adjust to the game in Scotland if he isn’t playing? If he doesn’t feature in a match like last night’s, when is he ever going to get an opportunity?
Barkas has hardly impressed so far but, equally, since the manager made his comments in December, he hasn’t done much wrong either.
It was a £5m investment to bring the former AEK Athens man to Glasgow [The Herald]. Just a few months later there are serious concerns about his future at the club.
All we can hope is that Lennon’s approach to the Barkas situation pays off in the long run. Scott Bain isn’t the answer.