VASILIS BARKAS looks to be heading for the Celtic exit after a wretched debut season at Celtic.
The flop keeper hasn’t played since the 2-2 draw with Livingston in West Lothian on January 20 and was on the substitutes’ bench in the 3-0 Scottish Cup victory over Falkirk with Scott Bain again the last line of defence for the 12th successive game.
However, the misery could end for the most expensive netminder in the club’s history after his £4.5million arrival from AEK Athens in the summer.
PAOK, who are sitting third in the Greek Super League, are reported to have made a firm enquiry for the 26-year-old who has also lost his place in his national squad after his awful displays for the Glsgow giants where he has struggled to convince since he made his debut in the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in the second league game of the campaign on August 9.
BALL BHOY…Vasilis Barkas in a pre-match warm-up.
They are lining up a move for Barkas who is also apparently interesting clubs in Holland and Belgium, according to the Daily Record.
Incredibly, the last line of defence has conceded 21 goals from only 49 attempts on goal which means nearly even second effort on target results in a goal. It’s a damning statistic.
Celtic cannot hope to recoup anything like the financial outlay to bring the keeper to Glasgow, but it is clear he will not see out the remaining three years of a lucrative contract.
Former boss Neil Lennon axed Barkas from the starting line-up for the delayed Scottish Cup Final against Hearts on December 20 at Hampden.
FALL GUY…Vasilis Barkas is beaten by St Mirren’s Lee Erwin in September, but the Hoops fought back for a 2-1 win.
With the phenomenal achievement of the quadruple treble on the line, the boss opted for rookie Conor Hazard for only his third first-team appearance and was rewarded when the youngster saved two penalty-kicks in the dramatic shoot-out triumph after the 3-3 extra-time stalemate.
Barkas was in goal for the January 2 outing at Ibrox and was beaten by an unfortunate deflection from Callum McGregor for the only goal of the match.
Bain took over following the 2-2 draw in Livingston where the home side only had two shots on target and both managed to elude Barkas.