'Wow' - Exclusive: McLeish drops Celtic starting XI verdict pre-Rangers clash at Ibrox
Alex McLeish expects Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas to start against Rangers after he was reinstated against Dundee United on Wednesday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland and Rangers manager claimed Neil Lennon’s starting XI in midweek was an “indicator” to how the Hoops will line up at Ibrox.
Barkas made just his second Scottish Premiership appearance since October 17 in Celtic’s 3-0 win at Parkhead this week.
The summer signing failed to win back his place after returning from injury with Lennon preferring Scott Bain and then youngster Conor Hazard.
The 22-year-old made his full debut for the Bhoys against Lille in the Europa League in December and kept his place for their next four games.
Despite keeping three clean sheets in the league, he was dropped to the bench for the visit of Dundee United.
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Asked by Football Insider who he thinks will start at Ibrox in Saturday’s crunch clash, McLeish said: “Ooh wow, that is a dilemma for Neil and only Neil and his assistants will be the one privy to that.
“I would have thought the fact that he brought Barkas back against Dundee United will be an indicator that he will play at the weekend.
“Barkas has had a little bit of criticism but people haven’t necessarily seen him at his best.
“Then again, he’s made some saves. Celtic dominate games so he hasn’t had to make many saves but when he has, he’s not had the credit he deserves for that.
“Neil Lennon will be the guy that knows and will have that instinct as a coach and a manager to know which one is going to be in between the sticks.”
Barkas started October’s Glasgow derby and let in two goals as Rangers ran out 2-0 winners.