Report: unfancied Celtic keeper Vasilis Barkas offered escape route after troubled spell

By Sean Clifford

April 27, 2021

Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas may be offered route out of Parkhead to AEK Athens on loan, according to the Daily Record.

AEK haven’t managed to successfully replace Barkas, conceding barrel-loads of goals both domestically and in Europe. Barkas’ replacement, Panagiotis Tsintotas conceded 12 in just 5 Europa League outings this season [Transfermarkt]. It’s a situation that eerily mirrors our own, but with the names changed.

Joining the Celts for around £4.5 million last July [Transfermarkt], the Greece international Barkas has endured an extremely disappointing spell in Glasgow. Frozen out since January’s trip to the Tony Macaroni to play Livingston [Transfermarkt], he looks set to depart the Hoops as they rebuild for 2021/22.

Also being linked with PAOK in his homeland, he may need to take some sort of wage-cut as he still has three years on his lucrative deal at Celtic Park [BBC]. In 20 appearances for the Hoops this season, he has managed to keep 9 clean sheets [WhoScored].

Barkas has found himself second or even third choice at Celtic. Therefore, he may view a move as the best chance of getting his career back on track. At 6ft 5 inches, he initially seemed like towering presence between the sticks the Celts had previously had in Fraser Forster. However, this has unfortunately proved not to be the case.

Greek goalie Vasilis Barkas / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Vasilis Barkas is a good goalkeeper: we haven’t seen anywhere near his best exploits at Celtic

Acquired with significant pedigree, Barkas looked the part when initially sought out to be Celtic number one. In 2019/20, he performed admirably for then third place Greek side AEK Athens. Participating in 33 encounters, the 26-year old managed to keep a remarkable 16 clean sheets [Transfermarkt].

Celtic looked to Barkas due to his propensity to rotate the ball comfortably in possession. His prowess in shot-stopping was also considerably impressive in Greece.

However, sometimes in football, certain faces don’t fit the environment they enter. Settling in a different country is difficult enough, so doing it during a pandemic couldn’t have been easy.

A loan move to his former employers may be the most agreeable situation for all considered parties. We may still see the best of Vasilis Barkas yet.

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