When Celtic secured the £4.5m signing of Vasilis Barkas back in the summer of 2020, fans of the club may well have believed the 27-year-old would go on to make the number one jersey at Parkhead his own for many a season to come.
However, it became evident all too quickly that the Greece international was not up to the standard required at Celtic, with the £2.52m-rated shot-stopper making just 15 Scottish Premiership appearances last season, over which he conceded 0.7 goals per game and averaged an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.79 – ranking him as the Bhoys’ joint-ninth worst performer in the league.
Aside from his poor level of overall performance, the goalkeeper was also found wanting in a number of Celtic’s biggest tests of the season, with one such example coming in a 2-0 defeat to the Bhoys’ Old Firm rivals.
Regarding this performance, Kris Commons said of the 27-year-old’s display: “As for Vasilis Barkas in goal, can he make one save in a big game? He doesn’t save enough shots, has no presence and doesn’t shout.”
Tam McManus also criticised this particular showing, with the former Hibernian man stating: “Barkas, I mean [his] first real test was Saturday against Rangers. I think he’s horrendous at the first goal. He’s got to save that. [Celtic] spent £5m on Barkas, I think it is a waste of money.”
Indeed, since this fixture back in October 2020, the £9k-per-week ‘keeper has gone on to make just six league appearances for the Hoops, while the club made the decision to sign Joe Hart this summer – a player who has gone on to become Celtic’s undisputed number one this season.
As such, it is no wonder the Daily Record recently claimed that Barkas looks to be one of Celtic’s worst transfers in modern times, nor why the publication suggested that Ange Postecoglou may well look to ship the goalkeeper out this January – as the latter of these points would appear to be an absolute must for the 56-year-old manager in the upcoming transfer window.