Report: The clubs Vasilis Barkas was offered to before inevitable Celtic exit

By Lewis Laird

June 10, 2022

It has been a very disappointing few years for Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas.

The 28-year-old joined the club in the summer of 2020, replacing former shot-stopper Fraser Forster after his loan departure.

There were high expectations for the Greek keeper, arriving for a reported fee in the region of £4.5 million and having Champions League experience with his previous club AEK Athens.

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However, the Greek internationalist couldn’t have made a worse start to life in Glasgow, failing to impress in his early days and was eventually replaced by Scott Bain and Conor Hazard at points throughout the season.

With the 2020/21 season being a disastrous season for almost all involved, many thought the goalkeeper could have the opportunity to revitalise his Celtic career under Ange Postecoglou.

But, it was apparent from the early days of the Australian’s tenure as boss that would not be the case after more disappointing appearances and the signing of Joe Hart.

Earlier this week, Barkas departed the club on loan, joining Dutch side Utrecht.

It became clear that one of the plans for this summer’s window was to offload the goalkeeper, and that has been achieved at an early stage. And it doesn’t appear that Utrecht were the only side who were offered the chance to sign Barkas.

As reported by Greek outlet SportDog, the goalkeeper’s representatives have claimed that Barkas was also offered to the ‘Greek big five’. However, there was no response.

The report doesn’t officially state which exact five clubs Barkas was offered to. But, it is highly likely that involved the likes of Olympiacos, PAOK, AEK and Panathinaikos.

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It just goes to show how much the 28-year-old’s stock has fallen during the frustrating two years he has spent with the club.

Before going to the Hoops, Barkas would have been regarded as a highly rated shot-stopper in his home nation and was even part of the international set-up.

Now, he will be looking to rebuild his career in the Netherlands with Utrecht.

In other news, Senior City Group director pays tribute to Ange Postecoglou for job done at Celtic.