An update has emerged on Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas, regarding his future at Parkhead…
According to The Athletic’s Kieran Devlin, the Hoops are poised to cash in on the shot-stopper in January as they plan a future with Tobi Oluwayemi, who recently made the bench.
The report claims the club want to sell Barkas on a permanent deal, but are open to allowing him to leave on loan if all else fails.
Celtic fans will surely love this update on Barkas’ future as he is now the fourth choice goalkeeper at the club and thus, Ange Postecoglou could save thousands by axing him from the squad in January. He is behind Joe Hart, Scott Bain – who have both played in the Premiership this season – and now Oluwayemi.
The £9k-per-week dud is seemingly at the club only to train and pick up a wage at the end of the month, which fans will not be best pleased with as he is not making any positive contributions on the pitch.
Paul Robinson previously blasted the Greek international and said that he ‘wasn’t good enough’ for the Hoops last season. He told Football Insider:
“Barkas had a really poor season last year.
“A mistake like that last night and the criticism that has followed, it is going to be difficult for him again. He is already on the back foot going into the season. Barkas wasn’t good enough last year and Bain wasn’t good enough last year. They have not replaced Fraser Forster.
“If they have any chance of winning the title next year they need a new goalkeeper. You need a top goalkeeper to play in big games.”
This was before the signing of Hart, whilst Postecoglou’s unwillingness to utilise Barkas this season suggests that he agrees with Robinson’s assessment. His poor form is also another reason, along with the money his sale would save, the fans will be delighted to read that the club want to sell the 26-year-old.
It is now down to Celtic and Postecoglou to ensure that they can find a buyer for Barkas. His lack of match action could make it difficult to find a team willing to commit to a permanent deal, which could see a loan arrangement being a viable outcome.
Either way, supporters will be incredibly pleased to finally see his error-stricken spell at Parkhead come to a close.