Ex-manager makes 'very dangerous' Celtic claim as Barkas axed
Alex McLeish has claimed it would be “very dangerous” for Ange Postecoglou to chop and change between his goalkeepers at Celtic.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted while the 55-year-old does have to be “ruthless”, it could cause problems down the line.
Postecoglou axed Vasilis Barkas for Celtic’s 2-1 defeat to Midtjylland on Wednesday (July 28th), with Scott Bain starting between the sticks.
The Greece international shot-stopper made a howler in the first leg to allow the Danes to seal a 1-1 draw.
McLeish insisted Postecoglou was right to swap between his keepers if he felt it was for the good of the team.
However, he warned the Australian boss of the impact changing between the pair could have down the line.
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McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “At that level you have to be ruthless.
“It is a very dangerous situation when you change a goalie every other week. That’s probably one avenue that he will be wanting to avoid.
“Is is if Scott has a bad game, I’ll get Barkas back in? I had a little bit of that at Rangers back in a day with a couple of goalkeepers
“Then you start to kind of think what are you doing? Have I got to stick with one? Who do I have real faith and trust in?
“That’s what Postecoglou has to do and assess that very, very quickly.”
Barkas played 22 times across all competitions for Celtic during his first season at Parkhead.
Meanwhile, Bain made 23 appearances for the Bhoys, including 18 in the league.