Pundit Exclusive: £4.5m Celtic star has been humiliated by shock development
Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas’ pride will have “taken a hit” after he was dropped for Sunday’s win against Kilmarnock.
That is according to former Spurs and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the 26-year-old being replaced by the young Conor Hazard in the Scottish Premiership.
Hazard started the 2-0 win at Celtic Park having impressed in the midweek Europa League win against Lille.
According to the Scottish Sun his performances this month are set to earn him a bumper new contract.
Summer signing Barkas has failed to meet expectations following his £4.5million arrival from AEK Athens with Scott Bain assuming the role of number one for November.
Robinson claims Neil Lennon’s side “dearly miss” experienced shot-stoppers Fraser Forster and Craig Gordon, both of whom left Parkhead at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
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“Listen, if you are brought in as a number one goalkeeper and you are not playing well it is very difficult for the manager,” he told Football Insider.
“Neil Lennon could only stick with him for a certain amount of time. There comes a point where things have to be changed, regardless of who it is for. If you are lacking in confidence, not playing well and costing the team you will be dropped.
“It will be a tough one for Barkas to take. His pride will have taken a hit. It makes it even more difficult when you lose your place to a young lad as well.
“This all goes to show just how well Fraser Forster did there last year.
“Craig Gordon has also moved on and he is also dearly missed. He would have been a great option for Lennon to have.
“Losing Forster and Gordon it has been an area that they have struggled with.”