Goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas could be playing on loan away from Celtic next season after his nightmare debut campaign at the club.
The Daily Record report that Celtic want to send him out on loan this summer, knowing they aren’t in a position to command a transfer fee for him that would come close to what was paid to AEK Athens last year.
Barkas was one of Neil Lennon’s major signings of the 2020 summer window.
There are a variety of options apparently available to the Greek international.
PAOK are the first club to have made a firm enquiry for the player. However, The Record say there is also interest from clubs in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Belgian sides Oostende and Mechelen have recently utilised Celtic as an option when loaning players, perhaps raising our profile for that purpose over there.
Barkas needs something to move on from this season at Celtic.
There are multiple theories why it hasn’t worked out for him.
Unsettled as a foreigner coming into Covid-hit Scotland? Not handled well by former boss Lennon? Simply not good enough for Celtic?
Whatever the reason, he’s been a massive disappointment.
It’s an odd one though considering we extensively scouted him and paid a lot of money for a goalkeeper.
Ideally, he was supposed to be our number one choice for years.
Under a new manager he could thrive, but it appears Celtic are already paving the way for an early exit. It’d be just our luck if he found form elsewhere.
Personally, I still think there’s a talent in there. It seems more likely than not he has something about him, regardless of his horror start at Celtic.
Fingers crossed it’s Celtic who feel the benefit of it.