Neil Lennon decided to reinstate Vasilis Barkas for today’s game against Dundee United at Celtic Park. The £4.5m singing from AEK Athens has struggled since arriving in Glasgow but Lennon has opted to reinstate him in place of 22-year-old Conor Hazard. The Northern Ireland international saved two penalties in the Quadruple Treble Cup Final win but Lennon has opted to revert back to the summer marquee signing.
In all honesty I’m happy enough with Barkas returning, in reality not one goalkeeper has made it their own.
If Hazard was bought from a foreign side coming in the supporters would be finding umpteen faults through him but he escapes that as he’s been here years.
— Everything Celtic (@aboutceltic) December 30, 2020
He better not be getting match fit for the 2nd
Hazard better start on Saturday
— shannon 🍀 (@Shannonxmcauley) December 30, 2020
Barkas is more suited for Saturday than Hazard let’s not kid ourselves on that a young keeper who has played 3/4 times for us is better than a Greek international.
— ciarán. (@NotoriousBAG_) December 30, 2020
So it’s Barkas that’s going under the bus on Saturday then.
— Liam (@LK95_) December 30, 2020
Great to see Griff and Eddy keep their place up front together as well as Turnbull and Soro keeping their place in the midfield!
Why Barkas is my only real question?
Let’s do this bhoys! 🍀💪🍀
— Celtic Fc To The Core (@CelticFc_Core) December 30, 2020
Can already see people blaming Barkas for Saturday when one of their players is left with a free header. Come on, Barkas. Silence these people!
— Aidan (@AMc88_) December 30, 2020
Barkas hasn’t really played with a steady defence in front of him this season. With Soro in front of the backline we have looked a lot more confident
Do feel a little for Hazard who hasn’t done too much wrong. His time will come tho and probably is right decision atm
— Lewis 🍋 (@LewisLaird01) December 30, 2020
Barkas is yet to show the Celtic support what he is capable of. Nicky Hammond was personally involved with scouting and signing the player so he will be hoping that the big Greek goalie can prove his quality to people.
Hopefully he can start today by showing why Celtic paid a sizeable fee for the goalkeeper as Neil Lennon looks forward to the game at Ibrox on Saturday.