Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie believes that Celtic will sign a new goalkeeper in January after poor performances from Vasilis Barkas.
The 26-year-old shot-stopper arrived at Celtic Park from AEK Athens in the summer for an initial fee of £2.95m and has made an array of errors since making his debut, receiving heavy criticism as a result (via Daily Record).
Despite this, he has kept five clean sheets in the league from nine appearances (TransferMarkt) and was recently absent after picking up a back injury, but hasn’t been able to regain his place in the squad.
Former Dundee and Falkirk forward Tam McManus is not a fan of Barkas, describing his first few showings as “horrendous” and saying that was not impressed with what he saw (cited by This is Futbol).
“The biggest plus was the clean sheet on Sunday,” McAvennie said before this afternoon’s Scottish Premiership clash away to Motherwell.
“I don’t think they like Barkas at the moment so they’ve brought Bain in but I think they will do something about that in January and sign someone proven.
“Unless Barkas comes back in and stakes his claim, but he flaps at it too much for me.
McAvennie continued. “I do feel sorry sometimes for goalkeepers because it’s not like midfielders when they make a mistake they get away with it.
“When you’re a centre-half you don’t get away with it, as we’ve seen with Shane Duffy, but when you’re a goalkeeper the whole world is against you and it’s a shame.
“Barkas hasn’t really had time to settle but they paid £5million for him so he should be able to walk into it and handle it.”
Transfer Tavern take
Patience is wearing thin on the green half of Glasgow. Not only are they behind Rangers in the standings, but have not picked up a win in Europe this season.
Times are tough for Neil Lennon, despite the win over Motherwell and he has to build on that 4-1 win and turn his fortunes around quickly. If that involves offloading or changing players in January, then so be it.
The manager has some tough decisions to make a has just under two months to make arrangements for when the transfer window opens.
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