CELTIC’s new number one goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas has spoken of his excitement at joining the Scottish Champions. Neil Lennon’s side had been linked with Fraser Forster, Joe Hart and David Marshall but the Greek International signed on a four year deal earlier today.
Speaking to the Celtic website, Barkas revealed how delighted he was at the move to Celtic, having spoken to ex-Celt Georgious Samaras and the manager before signing on for the 10IAR push.
“I’m very happy to be here, it’s a dream to come to one of the biggest teams in Europe, and I can’t wait to play for Celtic.
“Winning medals and trophies is why I came here.
“I want to win 10 in-a-row, and I want to help us get into the Champions League. That’s what I want.
“The manager spoke to me about the club, the pressure here and that he wants us to be champions again.
“That’s one of the reasons I came here, and I think that him and I have a very good relationship so far.”
Barkas signs on a four year deal, believed to be worth £1m per year after Celtic paid around £4.5m for the player from AEK Athens. Barkas was in goals when Celtic were dumped out of the Champions League in 2018 by the Greek side and joins becoming the new number one, taking on from Fraser Forster – who decided against making a permanent return.
Celtic are going for a record breaking 10th successive title in a row, surpassing the record set by Jock Stein in 1974. Lennon was the man that started Celtic’s run to 9IAR and he is currently making adjustments to his team in order to secure the holy grail of 10IAR.