Barkas and the Stevie Woods Academy


Vasilis Barkas does not enjoy too much appreciation among the Celtic support. It is not that he makes mistakes, more that he has failed to take the numerous opportunities presented by a largely lax defence to convince us he has the talent to become a mainstay in the team for years to come. What’s for sure is that he cannot perform the miracles we were treated to last year by Fraser Forster.

At 26-years-old, Vasilis should be approaching his prime years, but instead of building on a solid reputation gained at AEK Athens, he has seen Scott Bain and Conor Hazard chosen ahead of him this season.

There will be many changes this summer and if the manager (?) wants to move Barkas on he will likely find a taker, but there are reasons I would persevere with him for the rest of the season. First of those is the development we saw in Fraser Forster under goalkeeping coach, Stevie Woods.

When Fraser first arrived at Celtic on loan a decade ago the jury was out on him, some of the support preferred Lukas Zaluska, whom he shared the gloves with for a period. Fraser was 18 months into his load period when a penalty save against Hearts brought wider recognition of his improvement over that period, however, he continued to improve well into his third season at Celtic. There are few keepers Stevie has not improved in his years at Celtic, given time, Barkas will also benefit, although let’s hope he does not have too many opportunities to demonstrate that against Hamilton tomorrow.

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  1. WBA losing 0-5 , I wonder if big Sam will come out after the game and say that they (WBA) were terrific.

  2. Arsenal sub Pepe,gets booked for wandering off,Arteta has to take a guy off who’s injured,sub changed, Pepe stays on…




  3. There wasn’t a dry eye in the theatre when the father sings about bringing his son home.


    I was the only person who couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. I’m sure I seen the actor doing a double take at me as he was singing it

  4. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Jozef Venglos.



    An absolute gentleman and a classy individual.



    I shouldn’t really sour memories of his time at Celtic but ….



    …. the contrast between how he conducted himself and the behaviour of those boorish, Murray fuelled, ignorant jackals of the SMSM who besmirched and belittled him at every opportunity?



    Major turning point for me and how I perceived “the media”.



    RIP Dr Jo.




  5. #Lampard on his sacking from Chelsea



    Friends & family are everything,” said the former midfielder. “When I got home, John Terry was already there comforting Christine on the couch.Not sure how he heard the news so quickly, but they were both red-faced & breathless with emotion.”

  6. I don’t know how much they actually took in….they all looked shell shocked







    RIP Jozef Venglos



    AYE Chic ‘Josef Who ?



    *Dr Who he called him, nae class.

  8. It’s a mad world .


    Around 19.00hrs tonight I was talking about Dr Jo.



    He gave us


    Vidal Ruseth, Lubi and JohannMjalby.




  9. West Ham 4th.


    Dodged a bullet with Moyes I think.


    Leicester 3rd. We made the right decision in not backing Brendan I think.


    Accountants and bankers don’t make ambitious leaders of football clubs.