Celtic’s interest in the Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan is certainly no surprise.
He’s talented, he’s known to Postecoglou and there’s little doubt that he’d be a decent acquisition.
The question that arises, automatically, is what does it mean for Vasilis Barkas?
The answer is surely “nothing good” and this is frustrating and annoying because Postecoglou has never clapped eyes on this guy before. He’s never clapped eyes on any player at the club. So who’s word is he taking for it that Barkas is a write-off?
The chances are that it’s the judgement of somebody none of the Celtic fans trust, and somebody who Postecoglou shouldn’t trust either. Already he’s said he wants to see certain other players before he makes a decision on them; if I were him, I’d hold off here as well because Barkas is one of the most ill-treated player’s I’ve ever seen at Celtic Park.
He isn’t alone in being frozen out under a coaching team which likes to have expensive, shiny things and doesn’t seem to have a clue what to do with them.
I like how they can so easily, and completely, cast aside a player who cost us a mid-seven figure sum, as if we were an EPL giant which had money to burn. I’d like to know who decided that.
I can’t even pretend to understand some of what our club routinely does these days, and whilst I think it is, of course, possible that we want two top players in each position I fear the worst here and that we’re about to spend more money replacing a player we simply jettison and try to forget that he cost us a pretty penny in the first place.
If this is an example of Kennedy’s judgement it should be ignored.
The sooner our new gaffer is at Lennoxtown to see the players for himself the better.