Celtic news: Hutton - Barkas may get second chance

By Alan Hutton

25th Feb, 2021 | 8:00am

Barkas set for Celtic U-turn after being certain to quit in cut-price deal - pundit

Neil Lennon’s departure could hand Vasilis Barkas a second chance at Celtic, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 26-year-old was likely to be sold for a cut-price fee if Lennon had remained in charge.

Celtic confirmed on Wednesday morning Lennon had stepped down from his post with immediate effect after a disappointing campaign.

Barkas, who signed for what Sky Sports report was an initial £3million, fell firmly out of favour under the former Hibernian boss and has been widely branded a flop at Parkhead.

He started nine consecutive league games between August and October but has made just four top-flight games since.

His last Premiership outing came back in late January and he did not even feature on the bench against Ross County.

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Hutton suggested Barkas’ time was over with Lennon in charge but insisted a change of manager could hand him a lifeline.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “If a new manager comes in and he likes him and he has a good pre-season then things can change.

“Everybody starts with a clean slate with a new manager. If Neil Lennon was still in charge, it looked to me like he had already made his decision.

“It’s been a costly one, they paid a lot of money for a goalkeeper. He’s made a lot of mistakes, he’s been in and out.

“He had big shoes to fill in (Fraser) Forster, it was always going to be difficult. When you’re making those kind of mistakes regularly, it’s always going to be highlighted.

“If Lennon was still in charge, I think they’d try and move him on, recoup some of that money. It would be nowhere near what they paid.

“If somebody else takes charge, then the door may be open.”

In other news, three Celtic players need to look at themselves in the mirror after letting Lennon down.