Anthony Joseph Reveals Celtic Almost Avoided Barkas Signing With A Familiar Face

Vasilis Barkas is this generations Rafael Scheidt. Or is that harsh?

The price was the same. The eventual final outcome after signing both is also the same. Martin O’Neill ditched Scheidt and now Postecoglou needs get rid of his own. Keeper that is. Not Scheidt.

Ok, enough of the Scheidt jokes.

As Celtic seem to have given up on trying to rescue Barkas’ career, Sky Sports’ Anthony Joseph revealed today on The Celtic Exchange podcast how the Hoops almost avoided the £5m mistake and signed a face that is familiar to the Celtic supporters this season.

When asked by the boys if he was surprised that new ‘keeper Joe Hart had signed for the Hoops, Joseph gave a very interesting answer, “Yeah, I was surprised it actually went ahead. Because Celtic tried to get him last season as well.

And the way Ange was talking it looked like at the start of the season, Barkas would be the number one. He was trying to big him up a little bit, and I think, very early on it looked like maybe he should be given a second chance, Barkas.

But since then, it’s proved through the rest of the preseason friendlies and in the early signs of the Champions League qualifiers as well.

It kind of showed that he was still not up to the standard that needed to be there. Perhaps it’s because he still hasn’t settled yet, because he was a good goalkeeper AEK Athens.

Being Greece’s goalkeeper as well. But he’s not performing to to those levels certainly hasn’t done for Celtic. So Ange can’t wait for that. Celtic can’t wait for that.

So they had to go into the market and get a goalkeeper quite quickly, to be ready for the season. It’s so important, isn’t it, to have a good goalkeeper and when Celtic had Fraser Forster, you just knew that if the defence was leaking a little bit, Forster was there to make a good save or win points for you and Celtic didn’t have a goalkeeper that won points.”

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