Celtic told to 'get rid' of Barkas and the man responsible for signing 'can carry his cases' - McAvennie

Celtic need to cut their losses and sell Vasilis Barkas this summer, according to Frank McAvennie.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the person responsible for the 26-year-old’s signing should also be shown the door at Parkhead.

Barkas has struggled since signing for the Hoops last summer in a £4.5million deal from AEK Athens.

He has made 20 appearances in all competitions this season but has only started twice since the turn of the year.

The goalkeeper’s lack of game time has seen him drop out of Greece’s international squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

When asked for his assessment of Barkas’ future, McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Get rid of him.

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“They need to let him go, do not ruin the boy’s career. He needs to leave and start enjoying his football again.

“Whoever bought Barkas needs to follow him out of the door. He can carry his cases.

“Celtic need to recoup what money they can and let him go. They will not get the money they paid for him back though, that’s for sure.” 

Football Insider revealed last month that head of recruitment Gary Penrice is set to leave the Bhoys at the end of the season.

The club’s head of football operations Nicky Hammond is also likely to depart as part of a major shake-up behind the scenes at Parkhead.

In other news, McAvennie ‘cannot believe’ what has happened to Turnbull as he slams two senior Celtic stars.