Celtic target Vasilis Barkas has been tipped by a Greek international legend to become one of the best goalkeepers in European football, outlet FromPress reports this week.
Barkas is said to be in Glasgow already, undergoing a medical and finalising a multi-million-pound switch from AEK Athens, where he’s made over 100 appearances.
Still just 26, the shot-stopper has also made a breakthrough into the Greece national team.
Nikos Sarganis knows a thing or two about competing at the highest level in the position, winning 58 caps for his country and winning five league championships in his homeland.
He was the man who recommended that Barkas move abroad and he’s now tipping his compatriot to become of the better goalkeepers across the entire continent.
As quoted by FromPress, Sarganis said: “Vasilis is a keeper I like a lot. He’s very stable and his reactions are sharp. He’s also very good with his feet, which is important now for a goalkeeper. He’s comfortable with both feet.
“He has a presence about him which relaxes his teammates and the AEK defenders. He comes for crosses and is good in the air and his handling technique is very good too
“I think he is very consistent and that is why he has attracted a lot of interest from teams in Italy in particular. I personally told him he should go abroad to improve his all-round game. He has the potential to be one of the better keepers in European football.
“For me, Vasilis will be Greece’s goalkeeper for many years in the future. He has the personality you need, the self-confidence and the respect of his teammates. Wherever he ends up, I know he will succeed.”
Celtic will certainly be a fantastic platform for him to achieve notoriety within British football and in European competition.
If the team aren’t competing in the Champions League group stages, they almost certainly are in the Europa League.
Just look at the rejuvenation of Fraser Forster’s career last season to see the headlines and media interest that goalkeeping performances can create in Scotland.
As Celtic push for ten-in-a-row, there has never been a better time to join the club.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Sarganis is correct with his predictions.