A number of Celtic fans have been having their say on the Daily Mail report linking Neil Lennon’s Hoops with Vasilios Barkas.
Celtic have lost Craig Gordon this summer, the Scotland international opting to join Hearts after his contract at Parkhead expired.
Fraser Forster, meanwhile, has returned to parent club Southampton and it remains to be seen whether he will return to Parkhead.
As a result, Scott Bain is now the only senior keeper left at Celtic, so it’s an area which certainly needs bolstering.
According to the Daily Mail, Barkas features on a shortlist of replacements for Forster, and the Scottish champions lodged an enquiry for him earlier this week.
The outlet also cites interest in the 26-year-old from Leeds, who currently top the English Championship table.
Barkas is a tall, skilled, highly rated and experienced yet relatively young goalkeeper with over 100 competitive appearances for AEK and a Greek championship on his CV.
In addition, the 6ft 5in ace has big-game experience, having played in the Champions League and won 10 caps for Greece.
In 2018, Barkas helped AEK qualify for Europe’s elite competition with a superb performance in their playoff second leg against Vidi, after which opposition coach Marko Nicolic said the keeper was “fantastic” (Agona Sport).
But what have Celtic fans made of the speculation? Below is some of the social media reaction:
English is taught in Greek schools so I assume he is quite fluent in the language which is a massive deal as any GK would have to hit the ground running.
— The Bunnet* (@WeeFergus98) July 3, 2020
Anyone but Joe Hart ??
— Liam Hamilton (@LiamHamilton91) July 3, 2020
1. Vasilis Barkas.
The Greek international played against Celtic in the Champions League Qualifiers in the season 18/19 and impressed. He is 25 years old and 195 cm. Plenty of seasons in him and can go for big money.
— LisboaBhoysNews (@LisboaNews67) July 3, 2020
We will take him ?☘️
— ?THOMAS CELTIC FOREVER ? (@ThomasMcGhee6) July 3, 2020
— Mcgregor (@McgregorC90) July 3, 2020
That would be a big big signing, he has a good name and pedigree
— TheCelticFamily (@FamilyCeltic) July 3, 2020
Woody would work wonders with him ?
— Malley (@malleyd67) July 3, 2020