Pundit Michael Stewart has been left deeply unimpressed by the impact of Celtic signing Vasilis Barkas this season, offering some withering analysis on BBC Sportsound last night.
Barkas’ positioning was poor for AC Milan’s first goal at the San Siro, with question marks about his shot-stopping ability also being raised after their third.
He’s yet to produce a truly top-class goalkeeping display during his time at the club, in stark contrast to the kind of form that loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster showed last term.
For Celtic TV pundit Stewart, the situation is so bad that it could lead to emergency measures being taken in January.
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland on Thursday night (19:52), he said: “I’m not going to slaughter him for that third goal but you never see him making a save. He never makes a save. You’ve got to do something.
“He looks like a wee boy in the goals at the moment and he’s playing like that.
“I would not be surprised if Celtic aren’t trying to talk to Southampton right now about getting Fraser Forster back on loan. He’s obviously sitting on the bench.
“I would not be surprised if they are desperately trying to organise an emergency loan for the second half of the season.”
Supporters would obviously love yet another return for Forster but how likely that is, is another matter.
What’s clear is that Barkas either needs to improve quickly or the club do need to think about taking a fairly unprecedented step.
The Greek international arrived for pretty big money by our standards during the summer. To give up on him so early in his Celtic career would be a bold move from the club.
However, if it’s the difference between our season going down the tubes and pushing on to better heights then it’s something that should be explored.
I’m personally living in hope that Barkas can find what it takes to be a Celtic number one. It seems odd to me we would scout him for two years and sign him for big money if he doesn’t have something about him.
I guess we’re going to find out quite quickly over the next two months.