By Alex McLeish

12th Dec, 2021 | 8:00pm

McLeish tells Celtic 'be careful' after Sky update on Barkas exit

Vasilis Barkas’ ill-fated career in Glasgow will serve as a reminder to Celtic of the perils of overspending in the transfer market.

So says ex-Rangers and Scotland boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the reportedly exit-bound Greek goalkeeper.

Sky Sports claimed on Monday (6 December) that Barkas is set to leave Celtic this January and a number of Turkish Super Lig teams are interested.

However, it is understood that any deal would represent a considerable shortfall on the £5million the Hoops paid for Barkas in the summer of 2020.

Barkas is under contract at Celtic Park until 2024 but has not played since fellow shot-stopper Joe Hart’s arrival in August.

McLeish claims Barkas’ fortunes in Scotland will make Celtic think twice before forking out huge sums in future.

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“They paid a lot of money for him and it hasn’t worked,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“They will look at themselves and admit they haven’t done well with their recruitment. They can’t make these mistakes too often.

“There will always be little upsets along the line. But when the money is tight, you have to be careful with what you spend.

“We have seen the sporting director at Everton leave after a lot of money was spent and the recruitment wasn’t good enough.

“You need to get it absolutely spot on no matter what sort of fee the player arriving for.

Hart is expected to don the gloves when Celtic face Motherwell in today’s (12 December) Scottish Premiership clash.

The Hoops currently trail cross-city rivals Rangers in 2nd place in the division.

In other news, pundit hails “unbelievable” Liam Scales boost as Celtic rocked by more injury blows.