It’s clear that the plan last summer was to re-sign Fraser Forster, but it unfortunately looks like Vasilis Barkas isn’t cut out for Celtic.
His signing was a gamble as he did look thoroughly impressive in the highlights packages, but he also arrived with a limited amount of experience as a first-team starter.
He hasn’t really settled into the Celtic team and he looks timid and indecisive when he does play – something which is a recipe for disaster when the defenders in front aren’t a solid unit either.
It’s starting to look like he will be off in the summer, and a report from Glasgow Live has confirmed that his former club AEK are looking to take him back on loan.
It’s a tough one for the club to get right as there’s no chance of getting the £4.5m fee back for him straight away, so any permanent deal now would likely be for a fraction for that.
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The ideal scenario would see him go back to Greece and play well to the point that his price tag starts to rise again, but there’s always the potential that a low option to buy could result in him leaving for under the market value in a year.
If he can be sent on loan with no option then that is Celtic’s best chance of starting a bidding war in the summer of 2022 to get as much of that fee back as possible.