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. On 2 September 2019, Frimpong signed a four-year deal with Celtic.[5] Later that month, he made his professional debut against Partick Thistle in the Scottish League Cup quarter-finals.[6] On 27 October, Frimpong scored in a 4–0 win against Aberdeen.[7]



    He signed at a cost of £342,000. I take it that was the “development fee”.



    Transfer Market values him at £3.6m.



    So with 2 and a half years on the contract I guess some where around £5m



    On the plus side, the executives will be picking up their bonuses, hurrah

  2. That’s what happens when you keep a clueless manager, everyone wants out,and it’s hard to blame them,coaching is non existent, Ntcham said the same when he wanted away last year.

  3. I fear for the worst now — DD’s ego seems to be in play.


    We are not a football to him — we are brand that he want’s to flog to biggest league.



    Young JF away — what a complete downer.


    Talented player with a huge future ahead of him jumping ship because we are such a mess.



    The only situation is how far we could fall?


    We are now past the cash cow stage and we are onto asset stripping.

  4. We demand a clear out, if players dont want to be there get rid of them . ……………….. was the cry …………




    No not that one, just the ones that are on my no likely list.

  5. That episode with the wannabe gangster’s moll flown in from the states did raise some questions about his judgement/maturity/emotional resilience, but if he wants to go fair enough. It will be interesting to see what becomes of him.

  6. If Frimpers does end up in Germany, I can see him being bulked up and, with proper coaching, being used in a Maddison/Grealish role.



    The couple of times I seen him moved inside for us I thought he done well.

  7. Jeremie Frimpong



    “My Celtic Park hell”



    coming to the papers exclusively this weekend.

  8. Was lucky enough to have seen Jeremy Frimpong’s debut, against Partick Thistle I think back in September 2019, he really lit up the park. Since then of course he has been expected to play three positions simultaneously, right back, right midfield, and right winger. And criticised in every position by many on here.


    To lose a young player with so much going for him is a real shame and a further indictment of the Celtic management. Probably get a few quid for him though. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Soro and Turnbull follow him if bids come in at the end of the season.

  9. Frimpong went on to say



    “the manager is rubbish, he cant coach, he tells me to beat a man, get to the byleline, lift my head, and cut the ball back to a celtic player, but he didnt coach me how to do it”





    Inevitably you’ll get a lot of NL bashers on this one, but that’s a bit too simplistic. NL did pretty good last season after Dubai, pretty much winning every game that came our way up until the cutoff period. The season before, again the hun was good until the halfway mark, but NL stepped up again……



    I think you have to look at the players, their agents, the players, Peter Lawell, the players, and yes NL to get to the bottom of what has gone wrong. The confidentiality in place means you will never actually know, but I suspect some of the top performers (for the sake of argument let’s say Christie, Ntcham, Edouard) have looked to work a move, only for Lawell to tell them to gtf, and said players then, don’t show much interest for the start of the campaign (having learned off of big Mousa a year or two ago). Thoughts at this point are with julien, who had a sore back, that the best physios in Europe couldn’t diagnose for the first 3 months…



    Ferencvaros? Anyone thinking Lennon didn’t know what he was doing by not playing any strikers again haven’t done their homework. Lots went on behind the scenes for that one.



    And lastly, anyone thinking we were in great shape up until Rodgers left mid-season, obviously didn’t see the dismal football, massive horsings in Europe, yes Europa league too, and gerards newco play us off the park in rodgers last Glasgow derby…

  11. SS- ive been posting for weeks, if anyone wants to go,sell them for a decent price,but the reasons why guys want out,is mainly down to Lennon, lack of coaching, and improving as a player, that’s the bottom line.

  12. Unbelievable. Some of the folk on here seem positively gleeful that the exodus has begun.



    Whilst Lawwell and Lennon remain in their jobs.



    You know, bravo. The only people celebrating harder are across the city.



    But it’s us malcontents who are the true huns eah?

  13. It is though difficult to reconcile the great sweeping change of fortune which has been hinted at, just over the horizon, with the letting go a potential prospect like Frimpong.

  14. Ernie Lynch 1:38


    Bet they all forgot about that incident.


    Perhaps a contributory factor.

  15. Peter Lawwell had the chance to be a Celtic legend if he had fought against the corruption in Scottish football and backed the Res12 guys. There was a chance for reform when the huns went into liquidation… instead he is going to be hated for the rest of his life by the majority of Celtic fans.

  16. onenightinlisbon on

    JAMES FORREST on 26TH JANUARY 2021 1:44 PM



    Some folk on here think the only “true” Celtic fans on this blog are those who never utter a word against the board/manager. They are more “hun” like than the “moaners”….

  17. !!BADA BING!! on 26TH JANUARY 2021 1:44 PM


    SS- ive been posting for weeks, if anyone wants to go,sell them for a decent price,but the reasons why guys want out,is mainly down to Lennon, lack of coaching, and improving as a player, that’s the bottom line.






    and the financials ? the wonga, the agents cut, increased wages in a high profile league, might that play a part ?

  18. Brendan, or a coach of his ilk, with proper backing from the board, and with the training facilities we already have, could cherrypick any player, from any team within the SPFL and make them at LEAST 10% better than they are at the moment. We therefore could buy a player for every position and they’d perform better than 90% of our present team. (I’ll exclude Turnbull and Soro from that)

  19. ‘He made it clear, he wants to leave ‘ said Lennon, I wonder if anyone asked him why he wants to go? We will be selling players, with non disclosure agreements now…..

  20. Go tell the Spartim on

    Leverkusen were quoted over a week ago, seems to have legs. Fee will be undisclosed to prevent further fury

  21. Where’s the surprise in a Dutch-bred English-raised 20 year old with 18 months in Scotland “wanting away” to go and play in a good team in the Bundesliga?



    It’s hardly a fire-sale, especially if we get decent money for him

  22. SS- Celtic Park is toxic right now, nobody wants to work there by the look of it,an absolute shambles of our own making. Instead of coaching players properly, and making them integral parts of the squad, they want out.Frimpong won’t play RB wherever he’s going,he has pace and ability to play further forward, but nobody at CP could see that.

  23. !!BADA BING!! on 26TH JANUARY 2021 1:50 PM


    ‘He made it clear, he wants to leave ‘ said Lennon, I wonder if anyone asked him why he wants to go?



    “Jeremie, why would you leave Celtic to go to a team in third place in the Bundesliga?” Kind of answers itself

  24. I really thought Frimpers was the future. He was such a breath of fresh air. Keep an eye on him – a star in the making. This is a miserable time.

  25. So disappointing to lose Frimpong.



    Its very rare to have a young player (he only turned 20 last month) able to go past and eliminate players so easily. There was so much development in him at Celtic – could have got huge money for him aged 23-24 with proper coaching and a couple of campaigns in CL groups.



    Really disheartening. Yes, we needed a clear out but certainly not our most promising young players. Highly sceptical this money will be reinvested.



    Next 3-4 months are going to be bleak




  26. Does NL have a player development bonus in it?


    Might be why he is hanging around like a bad smell.


    He knows players are leaving this month and want’s his cut.



    The 29th as the date he leaves is now starting to make sense.


    The only issue is if anyone else gets pushed out the door?

  27. February 2021 brings a football first. Glasgow Celtic now officially have no players


    “They made it clear they wanted to leave” said an unnamed source.

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