Kenny predicts Barkas will be 'dreading' next season and won't cope with Celtic fans

Vasilis Barkas will be “dreading” the return of fans to Celtic Park next season. 

That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the much-maligned goalkeeper.

Barkas signed from AEK Athens in a reported £4.5million deal in the summer but is yet to play in front of supporters.

The 26-year-old had a campaign to forget, losing his place to both Scott Bain and Conor Hazard at different points throughout the season.

Kenny claims that the added pressure of an unhappy Parkhead crowd could prove too much for the Greece international.

“You don’t want to be somewhere you’re not liked,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“You don’t want to turn up next season and be getting grief when fans are allowed back in. He’ll be dreading it.

“It will be a tough one if fans are on his case. It’s been a tough year for everyone. You’ve got to cut people a little bit of slack. I’ve said it all along.

“It depends how he can deal with it. Me personally, I’d be able to handle it, but it depends on how strong-willed he is.

“He might want to think he wants to prove them wrong. You’ve got to have a strong mentality as a goalkeeper anyway, but I think he’ll struggle.”

Tomorrow’s Scottish Cup final between St Johnstone and Hibs was set to be played in front of a small crowd of 600 fans at Hampden Park.

But Holyrood performed a u-turn after a surge of Covid in cases in Glasgow.

In other news, 10 Celtic stars predicted to quit Parkhead this summer by ex-Hoops favourite.