This has seen many point the blame at either Neil Lennon or specific players. Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish has been discussing the goalkeeping position at Parkhead and has highlighted how tough it is to decide who to pick following some recent poor performances from Vasilios Barkas.
McLeish’s comments on the goalkeeping position at Celtic
Speaking to Football Insider, McLeish said: The goalkeeping one is really tough. I’ve had goalkeepers before, two top-class goalkeepers and if one made a mistake in a couple of games, do you put the other one in the next week? Do you keep faith?
“Scott Bain, I played him for the Scottish national team, he’s a very decent goalkeeper. Sometimes it’s unfair to players who are playing second fiddle to be constantly seeing maybe a mistake or two or somebody has definitely lost confidence and not getting in.
“The one thing as a manager that you want to avoid is making too many changes every week. If you do that, it kind of smacks of the old sing-song: ‘You don’t know what you’re doing.’”
What should Lennon do about Barkas?
Barkas is among the Hoops players to come under fire of late, having been criticised during the defeat to AC Milan game by Michael Stewart and also in the Old Firm derby by former Scotland international Alan Hutton.
Scott Bain has featured 48 times for the Hoops and it would have been frustrating for him to see Celtic acquire another goalkeeper following Fraser Forster’s departure, with Lennon seemingly having little faith in the 28-year-old.
In his Celtic appearances, he has kept 28 clean sheets and only conceded 29 goals (Transfermarkt), a very respectable record. The manager has to be careful with how he deals with this situation, as Barkas’ confidence could plummet if he is dropped.
Lennon has to do what is best for the team, and if this means showing Barkas that he has some competition, then he should definitely give Bain a chance.
In other Celtic news, have a read about who one pundit believes Lennon needs to start in their next fixture here!
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