The Celtic support may know little about new signing Vasilis Barkas, but one thing became clear in his first day at the club: his English is very good.
The 26-year-old sealed his move to Celtic Park on Thursday, and soon set his targets on 10 in-a-row.
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Barkas dealt brilliantly with the Scottish media on his first outing, and it appears that the language won’t be a problem at all for him.
Being a goalkeeper, it is crucial that he’s able to communicate with his back four. If early signs suggest anything, he’ll get on just fine.
During his meeting with the press, he spoke about the discussions he’d had with former Celtic hero, and fellow Greek, Georgios Samaras.
“I have one very good friend who has a very good relationship with Samaras, so I asked him,” Barkas said, as shown on Sky Sports’ video.
“He told me very good things. He told me that this is a very big team and he enjoyed playing his football there.
“The fans are crazy with the team and I really want to see this.”
He can settle in without too much pressure
Barkas will have to wait some time to experience the fervour of the Celtic support.
As we told you earlier, our home game against Livingston in September could be the first with fans.
However, Celtic Park will be far from full for that fixture – with only a few thousand likely to be allowed into the stadium.
It’s interesting to consider whether making his debut in a closed door match will make life easier for Barkas.
As a goalkeeper, the pressure would be firmly on him, and not having thousands of eyes staring at him – directly at least – could help him ease into the role.
It would be nice to see the keeper in from the start on Sunday against Hamilton.
Relationships are crucial at the back. The sooner he can start forging them the better.