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. and to think P67 was bragging about write your own number to how many league titles in a row , oh how the mighty have fallen, will someone pick up all the playing cards scattered around the floor.

  2. spikeysauldman on

    MON on Agathe



    “I think Henrik would be the first one to agree with that. I signed Alan Thompson from Aston Villa. Didier Agathe came for £50,000 from Hibs. He was brilliant for us.



    “I think what we did is that we gave Henrik more weaponry than he had ever had before. Thompson crossing from the one side and Didier Agathe on the other side.”




    Bumped into Agathe at CDG airport in Paris 2001. I was wearing a Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball cap. He gave me a wee nod. Cue my colleagues, “Who was that ? How do you know him ?”

  3. Sad to see JF leaving and disgusted at the 10m tag. His speed is absolutely frightening and I thought his technical ability was good . His final ball was lacking but will be developed and he matures – his defensive positioning was poor due to lack of experience and not being managed/coached during the game by center backs .



    Would loved to see him stay for 2-3 seasons more but looks like he’s gone.



    The players who wanted to leave in the summer, THIS SEASON OF ALL SEASONS, should never have been given that jersey – Lennon should have punted them or played them in the reserves. That is effectively where our season negativity started.

  4. Didier Agathe’s initial problem was that he tried to look up and play the ball to our striker.


    John Robertson coached him not to look up,


    Beat the full back and just whip the ball across the 6 yd Line.


    It was the strikers job to get on to the end of the cross.



    Robbo had been coached by Brian Clough to do the exact same.


    If the strikers for Forrest weren’t in position, Cloughie roasted them.



    The Onlooker

  5. squire danaher on



    For my money I would sell frimpong for 3.5 million let alone 13.5 million.



    Brilliant bit of news from the club today.



    Most positive news in weeks.



    Completely flawed player who has been a huge part of our problem.



    I am amazed we are getting that kind of money for him.



    He is not a right back clearly and without a final ball or a modicum of ability in front of goal not a forward either .[at the moment].



    Good luck to him however as clearly he has some ability,mainly pace and he may come good.






    So not quite the dud you make him out to be and will likely turn into a player with – wait for it – proper coaching and player development which he’s never going to get under current environment at Celtic.



    I think it’s far from the bast news in weeks – a young rough diamond wanted to go because of disenchantment with backstage shambles and al some could see were ££ signs.

  6. 31003 on 26TH JANUARY 2021 3:19 PM



    Happy days.



    I remember that was the trip at which the picture of the Last Supper first appeared. Someone had bought it as a souvenir for their wee maw. Don’t think she ever got it because it put in an appearance at every away game up to Seville.

  7. Wee Frimpong… The most frustrating player I think I’ve ever seen…… It got to the stage I never even got excited when he flew past someone!!!…. It became soul destroying….. So easily pushed off the ball… He’ll get better protection wherever he goes that’s for sure…. His little dalliance couldn’t have helped ahem… He’ll be the best player in the world tonight tho 😂…….. Good luck wee man all the best

  8. When Henrik scored our second, I fell down three rows and ended up on my back facing upwards with a few others- I genuinely thought we could do it.



    Met a rather sheepish looking Porto fan (maybe the only Porto fan in the Neutral main stand” shook his hand- not his fault his team stretched the rules *cough*. Felt bad he didn’t feel like he could celebrate. Thankfully many of our fans also shook his hand on the way past.



    Felt proud of our support. Not sure if a lone supporter would of gotten similar treatment from quite a few other teams 🍀

  9. Sad to see the back of Frimpong. At least he will not be kicked off the park every game and will be coached properly.



    I’m sure he’ll do well. Leverkusen obviously see his enormous potential.

  10. onenightinlisbon on



    NL doesn’t understand why supporters are demanding changes within the football club.



    The puppet would not speak ill of his puppet masters now would he?

  11. Had high hopes for Frimpong after first few games but fell away a bit tho never hid.



    Somebody mentioned O’Donnell..nope far too slow

  12. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    MARKIEBHOY on 26TH JANUARY 2021 1:29 PM


    Back to basics


    Are we in Marvin Commper territory?






    MarkieBhoy – that’s the very chump.



    Many thanks.



    Hail hail



    Keep The

  13. I wonder if Celtic ever ask the purchasing club, “Do you have any players we could use and we’ll do a player plus cash deal?”


    Or is it ALL about the money????

  14. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Brendan’s “London Bridge” signing.



    It happens.



    We get over it.

  15. EXCATHEDRA44 @ ages ago



    I hope you’re well.



    Yes it is, but there’s much more to come because we’re holding off a support who want changes, that they saw as inevitable, in September October.



    Good luck to wee Jeremie Frimpong its a no brainer, a wage rise, a signing on fee, and the chance to progress in the Bundesliga as opposed to Dingwall or Hamilton?



    The club will get slaughtered because its open season given the many failures in a catastrophic season, and had Neil Lennon spoken to Raman Bhardwaj and said Celtic have rejected £11.5M for the boy, he’d also have been slaughtered, probably by the same fanatics. If you’d told a Celtic fan yesterday Leverkusen were going to give us £11.5M for Frimpers, there would have been a queue of taxi drivers to take him you know where.



    It’ll be like this for a while there are many more deserving on the punt list, as for those want aways? – its door sound time hitting ar*e let way don’t out.



    The club has been in full Limbo mode since they decided not to admit fault, or take responsibility for what has gone wrong.



    New Broom CSC

  16. LD @ 2.45



    If you can’t see the talent and potential in Young JF then where do you see it?


    It is attitudes like yours that have gotten us into this situation.



    No understanding that it is the coaching and the conditioning that is lacking not the talent or the potential.



    We will miss young JF.


    He will have a good career somewhere else.


    He was someone to build the team around.


    He has the same potential as KT — probably more in fact.



    But no matter — too many want to chase him out the door.

  17. West Craigs Tim on

    I haven’t read back so apologies if i’m repeating earlier posts.



    “I wouldn’t say he (Frimpong) was unhappy, just ambitious, maybe, or he wanted to try something else and progress his career at another club”


    So by extension we are incapable of…


    making him happy


    matching his ambition


    progressing his career.



    This is how it feels to be Celtic (2021)








    Can you give us an example of a football manager, anywhere in the world, or at any time, who has publicly criticised his current employers?

  19. this season just gets stranger by the minute. Never saw a big fee coming for the wee man. Sad to see him go, could have been a star under the next manager. Some profit that. Might have to give a slice to Man City I suppose.



    saw the Lennon clip. All set for my Appraisal next month



    ‘so how do you think this year went vs your KPIs Coneybhoy’



    Me : ‘its been difficult and i can’t explain any of it but you and the rest of the Leadership Team and CEO have been marvellous for year’



    ‘how would you mark yourself against this year’s target?’



    Me: ‘ 10 out of 10 based on last year and based on what i did when i used to work here before’



    can’t fail to get my bonus now

  20. Dexter P. Bampot on

    If the club let Karamoko go it’s a total disgrace. Every one of us knows the prospect we have. In fact, he’s not looked out of place in his brief cameos.

  21. A lot of attraction for playing for Celtic is playing in front of 60,000 every 2nd week. That, and normally good coaching and a chance to progress, particularly on the European stage.


    Sadly, all of these elements are missing which in turn will make it VERY difficult to attract decent players.


    Bloody hell


    We’re fooked

  22. Celtic offered Jeremie a pay rise and an extra pair of shin guards…………but he declined.



    Good luck wee mhan!

  23. BSR @ 3.47



    New Broom CSC — getting rid of PL and NL.


    New Broom CSC — moving on the fat and happy / deluded RC and CMcG.



    It should not be about cashing in 3 years too early on a talent like young JF.


    The issue we have is that someone wants to pay good money for Young JF / KA / OE / ON.


    Nobody want’s to pay any sort of money for old JF / RC / CMcG.



    can you see a disturbing pattern developing — the good leave and the lazy stay.

  24. A good coach will def make player of Frimpong.Play him in his proper position imo attacking midfielder..and bulk him up a bit.

  25. Drew1967



    See my earlier comments



    31003 on 26TH JANUARY 2021 1:39 PM


    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.

  26. name a time when Lennon brought in a development player to the first team , unless forced into it by injury to first pick!



    He is not a risk taker – in fact Frimpong only got a chance when El Hammed got injured. Turnbull and Soro sitting all season with the energy we clearly lacked – sidelined until injury or suspension.

  27. onenightinlisbon on

    ERNIE LYNCH on 26TH JANUARY 2021 3:49 PM



    He doesn’t have to come out so gut wrenchingly in support of them again. No comments are needed. I’m not suggesting he has a go at them.

  28. MadMitch



    Christie is how the model should work if we were doing it properly – bought young, loaned out as needed, 2-3 years in the first team developing, and sold on for decent money as we have Turnbull for that spot.



    The trouble is we arent doing it in any other position. It’s not systematic like Ajax et al do. Brown, CalMac and Forrest have/had a role to play – they are the core who stay for 5 years or so and help the projects or youngsters grow.



    Brown stayed a season too long (don’t blame him as the ten was in reach), whilst CalMac and Forrest are gassed as overplayed and we haven’t got understudies for them.



    Meanwhile standards declined so a gassed CalMac and injured Forrest remain in the team when they should have been taken out – because Soro and Turnbull apart we have next to nothing coming up in reserve!

  29. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    The BR “life with Celtic” summary



    1. Messiah Brendan


    2. Rodgers (concerned)


    3. Fraudgers (f*#!*n traitor !)


    4. Rodgers (grudging hat tip)


    5. Brendan (world class coach, WYWH)



    Jeremie Frimpong’s equivalent



    1. Who?


    2. Fast, energetic, promising


    3. Bit small, easily pushed off the ball


    4. Can’t defend / poor final ball


    5. F*#!*n waste of a jersey


    6. Discussing a move away


    7. Untapped potential / a great loss


    8. Wailing and grinding of teeth


    9. Doomed. Lennon pure done it !



    Take a dram.



    Have a hot cocoa.



    Smoke an iffy roll up.



    This isn’t very good news



    But we tragically lost John Thompson






    sold Bertie Auld, Pat Crerand, some Lisbon Lions before their time, Davie Hay, Kenny Dalglish, Henrik Larsson, Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney ….



    … and survived.



    If Jeremie leaves I THINK we’ll do likewise.



    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith

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