Vasilis Barkas has come second in the Greek national Goalkeeper of the Year awards. The Celtic goalkeeper has been ousted from the team on multiple occasions this season since joining from AEK Athens in a £5m deal last summer. However, he has failed to settle and has struggled behind a makeshift defence, resulting in the Greek goalie being made a scapegoat for the poor results.
Despite this poor season, Barkas’ qualities are still recognised in his homeland with him falling behind Olympiacos goalie Jose Sa as The Greek Union of Professional Football Players selected their winners for the last year, as reported by The Sun.
Barkas hasn’t played since the 2-2 draw versus Livingston with Scott Bain coming back into the fold. Barkas has played 20 games this season and has endured scathing criticisms from supporters and pundits but he has been unfortunate in the fact he has been playing in front of defences that are hastily strung together.
Celtic need to sign this goalkeeper pic.twitter.com/BhCzfaIFah
— CeltsAreHere (@HereCelts) February 12, 2021
Celtic have played three goalies since Craig Gordon and Fraser Forster left. Two players that trained with Forster last season – Scott Bain and Conor Hazard played as makeshift No.1s, replacing Vasilis Barkas who was meant to be the like-for-like replacement.
Hopefully Barkas can show his worth and come good, proving people that he was worth the fee paid out last summer.