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TIC TALK WITH BARKAS

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NEW Bhoy Vasilis Barkas insists it is good to talk after his best game for Celtic since his £4.5million arrival from AEK Athens in the summer.

The Greek international No.1 was forced to make three excellent saves as the champions did the business at the other end of the pitch in the 5-0 win over Ross County in Dingwall at the weekend.

Neil Lennon was delighted with the display as he watched five different scorers – Odsonne Edoaurd (pen), Albian Ajeti, Shane Duffy, Kristoffer Ajer and Patryk Klimala – score the goals to notch up three crucial points in the quest for 20 in a row.

The Hoops boss was also more than satisfied with the shotstopper who has taken over from fans’ favourite Fraser Forster after the one-time England international decided to remain at Southampton after last season’s heroics.

Lennon is still sorting out his back line and Barkas is confident the players will work as a unit to overcome any teething problems.

The shotstopper, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We have to work on that game by game and we will do that. We are all different people, so we will need to find ourselves and I believe our communication is not so bad.

“For sure, after matches, we can talk about how we can make this part of the game better. That’s why I say game by game, we will become better.

“We need to have some time because we are 11 different people who started.

“Maybe some of the other players who were involved have played together in the past, but not all of us at the same time.

“All of my team-mates are very good players and I am very happy for this because when you go into a big club, you like to see big players with big talent.

“At the same time, they all work so hard in training each day and you can then see that in the games. We are waiting to have 
a lot of wins and to take the 
championship again.”

Barkas added: “I always feel good when I do my job which is to keep clean sheets, so when I manage to do that it makes me feel as though I am helping the team.

“It was not so easy for me because I was coming from another country and the football here is different.

“Game by game, I feel that it gets better, but I’m sure I need more time to see what Scottish football wants from me.

“I tried to find what the coach and my team-mates want from me and with every game I start to feel better and better.

“There is more heart here amongst the players. Also things like a lot of the matches have rain, so the pitches are faster and that is something which you have to adjust to.

“These are things you start to find out, so that’s why I say that game by game I can get better because I will get more used to the different situations.”

Barkas will go into action again on Wednesday when the Hoops travel to Paisley to take on St Mirren in their rearranged Premiership fixture.

 
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