Celtic supporters amazed as Vasilis Barkas named star man for FC Utrecht

One of the high-profile departures from the club this summer has been the loaning of former AEK Athens and Greece goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas from the ranks at Parkhead. The much discredited netminder was on the receiving end of severe flak after he failed to live up to the price-tag of his £5 million acquisition back in the summer of 2020.

Replacing Fraser Forster was always going to be an ask for the ‘keeper and he never seemed quite settled at the Hoops. After he walked into one disaster after another in a Celtic shirt, Ange Postecoglou finally decided to cut him loose and he subsequently joined the Eredivisie side in a couple of months ago.

Barkas revealed that during his first few training sessions in Holland that he felt more at home and secure in his surroundings. He detailed a lack of love and support system as the reasoning for his failings back in Scotland and was now hoping to push on and regain the confidence and swagger that convinced Peter Lawwell and co. to fork out such a hefty fee for his services.

Looking more happy in his environment, it is beginning to translate onto the pitch with his performances. The latest display from the Greek saw his club put the Celtic loanees saves from their last game up on a reel. By all accounts, it does look like the Greek has hands after all! Such a pity he couldn’t shown them more often when he was at Celtic Park.

Sometimes, the weight of expectation combined with a slow start can really hamper new playing staff to the point where they just can’t seem to recover and regain momentum of any sort. There is undeniably talent in Barkas as he would not have been capped internationally otherwise. It’s just the wrong move at the wrong time which happens in football.

Plus, it’s good to see he is settled and getting back his form as Celtic could recoup some of the initial outlay which was considerable.

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Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.


  1. Sean McGinley on

    The lad hadn’t a hope in hell when he came to Celtic….Timing awful…..Scottish orange, bigoted, backwater, press and govt…. crucifixion from day one and added to by some of the support… manager an ass…. club a shambles ….COVID shite from Establishment etc….hadn’t a hope in hell ! …same as Duffy… I hope he proves them all wrong. Dreadful treatment from so many quarters !