Tonight we’ve gotten the first of the unwanted stars off the wage bill.
Barkas is heading to Holland to the Dutch club Utrecht. It looks at the moment like a one season loan, although I would imagine there is an option to buy. We won’t be hard to deal with.
Getting him of the wage bill was paramount.
He’s been a flop. But our fans will definitely wish him well and hope that he does a good job at his new club.
The Dutch league is a great place for him to go and get back on his feet.
It might even help us get some cash for him, although I think he’s probably near enough the end of his contract that this wouldn’t be a necessary requirement. He has played his last game for Celtic.
He goes down as a major mistake, but one we’ll get over.
Barkas cost us a big transfer fee and never remotely looked as if he would live up to it. But this is the thing with a club like ours; we can take a huge hit like this and move forward.
Others aren’t as well run or as able to absorb such a blow.
Whatever went wrong with this big guy, I am convinced that he’s a half decent keeper.
He arrived with a far better pedigree than any form he showed whilst at Parkhead. He was the target of an appalling, and unrelenting, media campaign … he is well clear of it all now.
We won’t get our money back if this guy goes to Holland and is a success, but I hope that he does it anyway because he didn’t deserve the way our media treated him. I want to see this guy go on and do well.
I want to see him get his career on track.
All the best to you Vasilis Barkas … do yourself proud big guy.