Greek national team shot stopper Vasilis Barkas has demanded an exit from Scottish Premiership giants Celtic after a little over 18 months at the club on the back of his transfer from AEK Athens in his native Greece. Celtic legend John Lennon was the manager when the club paid £4.5m to sign Barkas from AEK Athens.

Former AEK Athens goalkeeper Barkas wanted to leave Celtic during the winter transfer window earlier this year, but he was unable to get his wish. At the moment, Celtic have a lot of goalkeepers who are ahead of him in the pecking order as they fight for the Scottish Premiership title with defending champions Rangers under the guidance of manager Ante Postecoglou.


Greek publication Onlarissa recently reported that Barkas is already counting down his departure from Celtic with the shot stopper keen to leave the club after a difficult two-year spell. When Celtic signed him in the summer of 2020, he was expected to be the first choice goalkeeper for many years to come but things have not worked out for him.


Experienced Englishman Joe Hart is the first choice goalkeeper at Celtic, while Scott Bain is his direct understudy. Bain recently signed a new contract at the club to highlight the fact that the current managerial setup rates him. Also, Ross Doohan is earning rave reviews from football stakeholders during his loan spell with Tranmere Rovers in the English league, while Conor Hazard is also doing well at HJK Helsinki. Shot stopper Hazard is on loan at HJK Helsinki from Scottish giants Celtic. Both Hazard and Doohan are highly in the thoughts of the current managerial setup at Celtic ahead of the aforementioned Barkas. As things stand in the goalkeeping department at Celtic, the 13-time Greek international is the third choice behind Hart and Bain in the absence of Hazard and Doohan.