Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas is set to leave Parkhead in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Sky Sports, who claim that a number of Turkish clubs are interested in signing the 27-year-old shot-stopper in the winter market, with Ange Postecoglou believed to be more than happy to part ways with the Greece international.
A further report by The Scotsman also suggested that Celtic are looking to offload the goalkeeper on a permanent basis this January, however, go on to claim that the Bhoys will have to stomach a considerable financial hit on the player they signed for £5m just last summer.
When Barkas arrived at Parkhead back in the summer of 2020, the expectation surrounding the former AEK Athens goalkeeper was that he would go on to become Celtic’s long-term number one option between the sticks.
However, this has proven to be far from the case, with the £2.52m-rated man failing to impress over his 15 Premiership appearances last season, conceding an average of 0.7 goals and making just one save per game – with these metrics seeing the shot-stopper earn an extremely disappointing seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.79.
Things have not improved for the 27-year-old this season, making just one appearance under the management of Ange Postecoglou, something that would lend weight to Tam McManus’ claim that the £5m spent on the ‘keeper has been a considerable “waste of money” for Celtic.
And, when taking into account Barkas is reported to be earning a whopping £20k-per-week at Parkhead, even if the Bhoys make a loss on his sale this winter, Postecoglou simply must do all he can to rid himself of the goalkeeper, as there is no way around the fact that the Greek goalkeeper is stealing a living in Glasgow.