Noel Whelan believes not too much should be read into Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas’ performance at the weekend.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Aberdeen striker delivered his verdict as the 26-year-old conceded twice in Celtic’s 3-2 victory over Livingston.
The visitors opened the scoring with a penalty that Barkas got a hand to but Livingston’s second goal came from a 25-yard strike that was relatively close to the goalkeeper.
Barkas admitted earlier this month that he was still adjusting to the Scottish game but he was confident that he would get better each game.
Asked by Football Insider whether Barkas is coming under more criticism because of the performances of Forster last season, Whelan said: “You’re always going to compare goalkeepers aren’t you and goalkeepers are always going to be either the heroes or the villains.
“It’s a difficult position, it’s no different to a striker missing chances.
“It’s one of these weeks where he’s conceded two but what can you do? You can go back to the drawing board and start again.
“They won the game, I’m sure he’ll look at his own performance, I’m sure he’ll know if he could’ve done better with the goals and the penalty.
“You sometimes look too hard at goalkeepers with a magnifying glass going ‘you should have done better there’ but we don’t know really, we’ve never played in these positions.
“I never played as a goalkeeper but I know the chances I should’ve scored, the ones I missed and the ones I did score that were harder to finish off.
“It’s very difficult to make judgments on a goalkeeper after a penalty, you’re not really expected to save it as a goalkeeper, it’s a 50/50.
“The second one he’ll probably look back and think he could’ve done a little better.”
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