Celtic fell to a second defeat in six days on Thursday evening, with AC Milan coming away from Parkhead with a 3-1 victory in the Europa League.
Neil Lennon brought in Leigh Griffiths and Albian Ajeti for Moi Elyounoussi and Patryk Klimala following the Glasgow derby defeat last weekend, sticking with a 3-5-2 formation.
While players like Olivier Ntcham had a better evening against Milan following a poor Rangers performance, Barkas had another game to forget, which could now, in our view, leave Lennon facing a tough selection call involving Barkas and Scott Bain.
The Greek shot-stopper was Celtic’s worst-rated player in the defeat to the Italian giants, finishing with a WhoScored rating of 5.33 – no other player on the pitch ended with a score under 6.0.
Barkas failed to make a single save against Milan and ended with a pass success percentage of just 55.6%.
With a hefty £4.5million price-tag on his shoulder, Barkas clearing isn’t living up to expectations just yet, so Lennon may feel that taking him out of the firing line for Bain could be the required decision.
On the other hand, the Hoops boss may see the best solution to Barkas’ poor form is by sticking with him.
Bain began the Scottish Premiership in between the sticks against Hamilton but hasn’t featured since, so it’ll be interesting to see how Lennon deals with his ‘keeper dilemma over the coming weeks.