By Frank McAvennie

29th Jul, 2020 | 3:35pm

'I think they've signed him' - Exclusive: McAvennie claims Celtic set for imminent announcement

Frank McAvennie has tipped Neil Lennon to throw Vasilis Barkas straight into the starting eleven against Hamilton.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, expects fans to create a song for the 26-year-old because of his “great name”.

The Scottish Sun claim that the Greece international is undergoing a medical today ahead after he arrived in Glasgow yesterday evening.

The report says that he will sign a four-year contract at Parkhead and become Neil Lennon’s first-choice keeper for their historic 10-in-a-row bid.

The Hoops boss had hoped Fraser Forster would return to the club this summer but it now appears that deal is dead in the water.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the potentially imminent signing of the AEK Athens shot-stopper, McAvennie said:

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“I think they have signed him, this boy from Greece.

“He has a great name, Vasilis Barkas, the Bhoys will make up a song for that one.

“I am not comfortable with Bain, not for the season, certainly not.

“If this keeper can come in for £4.5million, it is not too much money. That is the ballpark figure that Celtic will be buying players for.

“Greece is the kind of place where you unearth a little gem. That is where you have got to go.

“That is the ballpark figure that Celtic will be buying players for. Lenny will get it sorted. If Barkis signs in time they would have no problem sticking him in the first team. It is not like there is a crowd there anyway.”

In other Celtic news, Hutton claims one Hoops star has had an “absolute nightmare” in pre-season.

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