Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas will not see another call-up to the Greece national team unless he finds himself in a spell of regular game-time, according to Greek journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos.
The 27-year-old Celtic goalkeeper was not included Greece’s recent defeat to the Swiss and draw with Kosovo, having fallen down the pecking order at Celtic Park.
Taking to Twitter, Chorianopoulos (@choria80) confirmed that he will not be in the ‘calls’ of the national team until he ‘finds some game time (sic)’.
Twitter: Celtic Vasilis Barkas will not be in Greek National Team ‘s calls again, until he finds some game time
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Barkas arrived at Celtic to much fanfare under Neil Lennon in a £5 million deal from Greek side AEK Athens but found himself ousted behind the likes of Scott Bain and youngster Conor Hazard.
The ‘keeper continued to be outcast by new manager Ange Postecoglou, having made a mistake leading to a goal in the Champions League qualifiers against FC Midtjylland and been exposed poorly in a pre-season defeat to West Ham.
Having made 133 appearances in his home country for Atromitos and AEK Athens, Barkas was linked with a loan move back to Greece with PAOK Salonika – but a move never finalised ahead of the transfer deadline.
Consequentially, Celtic have a number of goalkeepers on their books all vying for a starting spot, though Barkas looks to be firmly out of the picture in Paradise.
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Unfortunately for Barkas, it seems patience and opportunities to impress have washed out – leaving the Celtic man in a state of limbo.
Joe Hart has firmly cemented his place as the main option between the posts, with the 75-cap former England no. 1 impressing and starting in every Premiership and Europa League game this season.