By Frank McAvennie

8th Jan, 2021 | 7:00am

Exclusive: McAvennie upset as Sutton, Ferguson & fans savage Celtic player

Frank McAvennie feels sorry for Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas after another unconvincing display against Rangers.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, fears the Hoops will never see the best of the 26-year-old now that “fans have turned” on him.

Barkas has come under fire this week from Old Firm greats Chris Sutton and Barry Ferguson following his performance in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Ibrox.

The £4.5million signing from AEK Athens has been given a second run of games in the side over the festive period despite his struggles in the first half of the season.

Neil Lennon has also given chances to Scott Bain and Conor Hazard, but all three of Celtic’s shot-stoppers have fallen short of the high standards set by Fraser Forster last season.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Barkas’ performance on Saturday, McAvennie said: “Celtic cannot complain because we did it last year in the Cup Final.

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“Rangers absolutely battered us that day but we beat them 1-0 because we had Forster.

“That is what Andy Goram did all through the 1990s and that is why you pay good money for a goalkeeper.

“Unfortunately, the boys at Celtic are not on the level of McGregor and Forster.

“The boy Barkas looks hesitant and let’s be honest the defence in front of him are not very good.

“I feel sorry for the keeper. I do not know if we’ll every see how good he can be because the fans have turned.”   

In other news, it can be REVEALED that Celtic are set to launch a seven-figure bid for an attacker with 13 goal involvements this season.