Celtic are reportedly considering making a summer offer for AEK Athens’ Vasilios Barkas.
According to Greek source Sdna, Celtic’s Head of Recruitment Nicky Hammond has contacts in Greece and has been backed to do a deal for the goalkeeper. Sdna also state that Celtic won’t consider an offer in January and that it’s not a priority, and instead believe a striker is what the club is after during the winter window.
The source states that Barkas is one of a number of candidates to be considered this summer. With Fraser Forster’s loan deal coming to an end and Craig Gordon’s deal expiring, it’s no surprise to see us scouting ahead for this position.
Barkas has made 10 appearances this season and kept five clean sheets. The Greek stopper has made 88 appearances in total for Athens, and was signed from Atromitos.
With Hammond’s net scouring far and wide for recruits, this is news that’s bound to please Hoops supporters. It seems as though the club is planning ahead, but who could this come at the expense of?
Scott Bain is safe, but is this confirmation that Gordon could leave?
If Celtic had their way, Forster would be staying at Parkhead beyond the summer. You have to imagine the club will be pushing all they can do to just that. But the reported interest in Barkas could be the club covering its options.
It’s clear that this has no effect on Scott Bain’s future. The former Dundee and Aberdeen goalkeeper signed a new contract with the club last month. He’ll have his eye on Fraser’s jersey if he doesn’t return for next season.
You can’t help but feel, however, that this would be the final nail in Gordon’s coffin. He has only made five appearances this season, and could be pushed down to third choice.
Gordon is in the final year of his deal too. It seems logical that any interest in Barkas stems from him potentially departing the club. He doesn’t give off the impression of a goalkeeper who’ll be happy to sit on the bench at the twilight of his career.
Barkas isn’t likely to come cheap either. He’s contracted to Athens until 2022. There’s no need for them to sell for pennies. If Celtic want him, they’ll need to get the finger out.
But if a deal is even being contemplated, you have to imagine it’s most certainly bye-bye to Gordon.