Promising comments suggest Vasilis Barkas still has a Celtic future

By John McGinley

May 16, 2021

It sounds like Vasilis Barkas still has a Celtic future.

The struggling Greek goalkeeper was one of last summer’s big transfer outlays.

However, perceived poor form and a lack of faith from Neil Lennon resulted in Scott Bain regaining the number one goalkeeper spot at the start of 2021.

He’s come back into the team over the last two games after an injury to Bain, helping keep two clean sheets.

Reports have indicated that teams from his homeland are ready to offer him a Parkhead escape route.

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Yet, John Kennedy has now signalled he has a part to play next season.

He told Celtic TV: “It has probably been two games where he has not been overly tested, which is a good thing because it means the rest of the team are doing what they should be doing.

“But he has been assured, good with the ball, doing his job as well as he could so it was good for him to come back in.

“He has had a difficult season, several players have, but especially someone coming in to replace Fraser Forster and there has been a change of culture, lots of challenges and he has had to deal with that himself.

“He has had a period out the team, he comes in for the last couple of games and hopefully that sets him up well for next season.”

No reason to write off Vasilis Barkas at Celtic yet

For me, Barkas deserves to show what he can do under a new manager.

Moving to a new country in the middle of a global pandemic, without a personal support network, must have been incredibly difficult.

That, combined with getting used to new opponents, a new style of play and a pretty terrible defence, quickly absolves the Greek international of much blame for what has admittedly been a poor season for him.

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

He may not end up being the answer in the Celtic goal, but I don’t see any valid reason to write him off quite yet.

Let the new manager come in and get a proper look at him, give him some games early in the season, then the club can make a decision on his long-term future.

In other news, Barry Fry provides pleasing update on Celtic transfer target Siriki Dembele.