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Celtic Diary Wednesday June 8: We’ve Only Just Begun

Vassilis Barkas became the latest Celt to seek his fortunes elsewhere when he agreed to a twelve month loan at dutch side Utrecht.

Despite the opinions of many supporters, he is far too good to be an understudy to Joe Hart, and sometimes even Scott Bain.

 

We wish him well.

 

Barkas was unfortunate in that he never had the same four defenders in front of him from one game to the next, and was made the fall guy in many eyes for the early season stutters.

 

It’s a smart move by the Celtic management, who are fully aware they will at least make their money back on the player if he features regularly at a high level, and there’s even a chance he will recover his form and return as a Celtic goalkeeper at the end of the loan period.

 

Not a good chance, but a chance.

 

Speaking after his loan was sorted, he said;

 

“It’s really amazing. It’s a great honour for me to be at a great club with nice, crazy fans, and in a really good league. So I feel excited and I can’t wait to start training with my new team. I want to get myself to work and help the team try to go as far as we can, to get European football again where we have to be. And of course play nice football.

“I like to play football, I like to play outside. I’m not the kind of goalkeeper who will stay on my line. So yes I would like to play outside. 

 

He fits into the Angeball philosophy, he just needs to get better at it.

 

 

Several other players have been released, including Karamoke Dembele, who was once the great young hope of the Celtic Academy, raising interest from all over Europe. Before we start whining about losing another starlet, it’s worth remembering that he is the same age as Liel Abada, and on that basis it’s actually worth wondering why he hasn’t broken through yet.

 

The answer is he isn’t good enough, or applied enough, and that means the club won’t push the boat out to keep him.

 

 

With the manager on holiday and probably trying not to think about football every minute of the day, it’s unlikely that any new signings will be announced until he’s back to announce them.

 

Jota, the Portuguese winger , has been spotted on holiday in Cyprus wearing his Celtic top, which is not normally the behaviour of a loannee who wants to return home.

 

And Benfica News on Twitter, seems resigned to losing him….

 

 

BENFICA NEWS
@benficanews_
Obrigado, Jota  Jota está de saída do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, o seu destino será o Celtic clube que concretizou a opção de compra de 7.5M, Benfica ficou com 30% do passe do jogador  Ao serviço do Benfica: – 1 Campeonato Nacional  – 1 Supertaça 
 Para sempre um de nós 
Thank you, Jota
Jota is leaving Sport Lisboa e Benfica, his destination will be the Celtic club that made the purchase option of 7.5M, Benfica took 30% of the player’s pass
 At the service of Benfica: – 1 National Championship  – 1 Super Cup  Forever one of us  
 There’s probably something lost in the translation but you get the point.

 

Some loannees, in fact, were reluctant to wear the top when they were playing for fear team mates might give them the ball, so we can probably be sure he’ll sign up as soon as the manager is ready.

 

Cameron Carter Vickers would have made it clear he wasn’t coming back, either by actions or words, so we can be fairly sure he’ll be back when the action starts, but as for any new faces, your guess is as good as mine, but probably better than anyone’s in the mainstream media.

 

What we can expect, when the dust begins to settle, is another goalkeeper.

 

One who can not only act as an understudy to Joe Hart, but as genuine competition, which probably explains the reluctance, again as predicted in the media, for Celtic to cut their losses on Barkas.

 

 

The media , and of course, the lunatic posing as joe black on Twitter….

 

 

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A new goalkeeper means one of international standard, and that’s not going to be easy.

 

Scott Bain isn’t going to cut it, and Conor Hazard is still years away from that level, so someone new is needed.

 

Tony Ralston and Greg Taylor, redeemed in supporters eyes after initial derision are good enough to compete for the full back slots, with Josip Juranovic the agreed first choice on the right.

 

Another left back is almost certain, and it’s also likely he will be an international, of at least the ability and technique of Taylor.

 

 

Central defence should see the greatest upheaval.

 

Carl Starfelt picked up an injury whilst playing for Sweden, and now has to spend a few weeks sitting next to Chris Jullien which will annoy both of them.

 

Carter vickers is likely to stay, but it’s not certain, and even if he does, the manager will want two players to cover them. Stephen Welsh has a ways to go before he’s ready, and there’s a couple of young lads who will be gently introduced to more first team squads next season, but two top class defenders are needed.

 

We’re beginnning to see why the word from the ranch is six new players. We’re on four already, and that’s not counting replacing any loannees.

 

 

We’re more than strong enough middle to front, but again the high energy style of both departments means there will be injuries and fatigue.

 

We saw last season entire front lines replaced during a game, and the midfield would have a complete change of personnel to adapt to the situations arising during the game,

 

One more forward and one more midfielder seems unlikely given the current squad, but you may have noticed our manager is a man with a plan, and he tends to get what he wants.

 

 

What he doesn;t want is players taking a wage and not earning it.

 

So it will be goodbye to Alben Ajeti, to Chris Jullien, to Ismael Soro and to a few others.  None of those named want to be here so don’t waste your sympathy bemoaning their ack of chances.

 

We really don’t want to give Jullien a chance to be a centre half. Yeah, he was decent, but we were a stepping stone for him, and now that he’s realised he isn’t good enough to cut it here, where more than technique is required, it’s time to cut the cord.

 

 

When the manager gets back there will be a rush of activity and then we’ll pop off to our pre season training camp, play a few friendlies and have a nice settled squad playing in a nice settled way ready to build on the foundations of last season.

 

 

Had to happen sooner or later , I suppose.

 

 

Elsewhere, there are other clubs and companies with their own problems, court cases, staffing issues and even allegations of cheating, especially where financial fair play rules are concerned.

 

 

And will Craig Napier get to referee a top level game, given that he’s come out as gay ?

 

That will tell us a lot about our game in Scotland.

 

 

As Ossian on Twitter reminds us…….

 

Such an incredibly brave thing for Craig to do. Not the being gay thing, its 2022, nobody gives a shit, but actually coming out and admitting to being a Scottish Referee.   
 Next season promises to be different for a number of reasons, yet you can’t help thinking some things will stay the same….
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 We’ll still face establishment control, and as for the police/supporter relations, recent events in Paris have shown that we’re always only one game away from a potential disaster.
 Especially if their team doesn’t look like it will compete with the new look Celts.
 We hear things went wrong at a rehearsal for their first home game when they tried to salute their now sadly deceased kitman Jimmy Bell….
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 Things keep going wrong over there, such as their latest attempt to fleece the hoardes when the competion Watchdog pointed out they aren;t allowed to fix the prices artificially high to stop people like Mike Ashley getting what they were contractually obliged to.
 What a tangled web they continue to weave as they throw their last pair of dice at the UCL qulifiers to attempt to recover well over £100m of losses since their inception a mere decade ago.
 Last time out, we had this….
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Savbuy
 6 days ago

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Now… can we have a shot with the Brits out?

 But, you know, as amusing as it will undoubtedly be, there is far more to look forward to closer to home as Celtic regenerate on and off the pitch.
 and that’s where todays little competition lies….
 What do you put in here ?
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18 days ago

Electronic advertising around the stadium, so it can be changed to show games and starting times, ticket availability and, of course, ADS!!

Karl King
18 days ago

Caption comp: another 10000-15000 seats

John A
18 days ago

Don’t think Barkas is too good to be Joe’s understudy. Needs to learn to stop the ball going past him into the net. Have we ever had a keeper that was as bad?

Tonydtic
18 days ago
Reply to  John A

Ian Andrews

Hoop hoop hooray
18 days ago

Barkas is by far the worse keeper i have seen in hoops. Nothing to do with defenders in front. Its basic goalkeeping. Like poor angles leaving huge gaps, like kneeling down on one knee instead of diving, etc etc. He never made a single save of note. Embarrassing we got out iut CL qualifiers by AEK with him in goal. Good luck to him and a good move for us all.

Tim Buffy
18 days ago

Barkas never dives for a shot. Just flicks his legs one way, falls the other and fails to extend his arms as the ball flies past him. Nothing to do with those playing in front of him. Total liability.

Hoop hoop hooray
18 days ago

Caption
We need the space for the champions league winners 2022/23

Patrick O HARA
18 days ago

Caption
A visual aid for new signees to put an escape clause in their contracts.

Monti
18 days ago

In terms of the stadium decor, I would have images of the hunger strikers on display.
If there was any spaces left, maybe rain Whyte, Aron Ramsey & Kevin Trapp?

Monti
18 days ago
Reply to  Monti

Craig

charlie
18 days ago
Reply to  Monti

hows it hingin monti a thought you and mikey wur in the tin pail

Monti
17 days ago
Reply to  charlie

All well Charlie, doing a different job these days, I’ve been neglecting Etims for a while tho, time to come back stronger than ever.
Hope you are well Charlie

charlie
17 days ago
Reply to  Monti

good tae heer yer cool mate hav ye heard nything aboot yon crackpot mikey a think a wulnae be the only wan thinkin aoot um on accounty ees uld age an that ffs iff ees deed ae mighta fookin telt the bhoys ha ha ha ha int life grand

Weered
18 days ago
Reply to  Monti

I concur Monti

Weered
18 days ago
Reply to  Weered

I hope all is well with you

charlie
18 days ago

seigrist////doig ///itakura////barron///// and ryan porteous to kick the sh’t ooty any thug who kicks the sh’t ooty oors//piece a p’ss this managemnt lark

charlie
18 days ago

fund the green brigade tae fill in the spaceswae tifos wance a season

Pedro71
18 days ago

Caption: “I can see clearly now “

Cesar
18 days ago

A tribute to each of the Lisbon Lions and manager no longer with us. These men remain the inspiration for all Celts and with CL nights assured who better epitomises “ how it feels to be Celtic”. Electronic boards of these guys in their prime would be outstanding.

Funkyy
17 days ago
Reply to  Cesar

Absolutely…to remind any Celtic player on the park that nothing is impossible, that you can earn big money in the EPL but your name will be forgotten in time and you can’t take the money with you when your life is over, whereas here you can earn immortality. God bless big Jock and the Lisbon Lions for setting the bar high.

Woof Charlie
18 days ago

Caption: Pre-kick off: Buy burgers! After full-time: Loperamide, for when your anus sounds like Tom Jones gargling.

Mcklintop
18 days ago

Well don’t know about the rest of the stadium but there should be an advertising deal put in place with Victoria Plumbing at the ragers end, to make the bidet rattlers feel at home.

charlie
17 days ago
Reply to  Mcklintop

victorias plumbin ye say aaahh they wur the days heh heh

BornCelt
17 days ago

Caption – And Utrecht make a special provision for their new international keeper and provide a new special wall for protection.

Woof Charlie
17 days ago

On a more serious note donate a space to one of the causes of the Foundation

Boyceybhoy
17 days ago

Greatness awaits!!!!

SFATHENADIROFCHIFTINESS
17 days ago

Caption…
Ange’s Detention Centre.. sorry Mansion.

An Occasional Contributor
17 days ago

How about The Green Machines “Art Instillation” that you apparently signed off on about 5 years ago Ralph ?

Woof Charlie
17 days ago

Can you see what it is yet? Moomph dida moomph dida….

Owen Mullions
17 days ago

I don’t think it’s big enough judging by his ‘signing off’ claptrap on the last blog.

R.St.Parsley
16 days ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

Haven’t been on here for a while but what the hell was that gibberish about? I’m not one for bans but why is he allowed to disrupt the site like this every few weeks leaving only a few brave souls to venture into the comments section? Given how hard it is to get past moderation sometimes, there must be some way to control him. No matter what name he uses his writing style and contributions are idiosyncratic to say the least so it should be easy to spot him and ‘switch him off’.

Owen Mullions
16 days ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

God knows! Just more pretentious nonsense to try and convince us he’s some kind of intellectual. If the guy has mental health problems – which he now seems to be claiming he does – then he needs the help of a professional. This is a fitba blog not a social work department – it’s not up to us to indulge him in his delusions and writing screeds of drivel on here isn’t going to solve anything for him, nor is verbally abusing other posters.

17 days ago

I don’t see Barkas having a future so its not good that its only a loan with no option to buy and perhaps us also picking up some of his wages.

A permanent move was required rather than this half-out arrangement, which means we’ll be back here next year with more unnecessary negotiations to try to shift him again.

Dembele has had bad injuries and has also struggled through being small and needing to artificially grow quicker than normal.

His time’s up but wish him well, his brother is doing okay in the 2nd tier down South, so that may be route for him to progress in the game.

Julien was an outstanding performer for us, albeit 3 years ago, and last season’s collapse may have happened sooner without him (and other star performers like Eddy and Calmac).

Currently, CCV isn’t signed up and Starfelt is injured, so I don’t see what’s the big rush to get rid of our more experienced backup.

Its fine if the manager doesn’t fancy him but Welsh and Murray ain’t going to cut it in the Champions League, so hopefully quality reinforcements are being sought.

LithgaeBhoy
17 days ago

Good to see Tony Ralston score for his country! Great for his confidence and self belief. Ireland looking shockingly bad, so hopefully Scotland can tuck them away too . Central Defence must be our focus for the Champions League? . Assuming CCV stays and Julien goes, two more CBs needed?

charlie
17 days ago

jockistan won the night withoot gilmore a patterson a wonder why heh heh aint sum peeplul

overrated

Dziekanowski's nightclub child
16 days ago

Barkas makes Muggleton or Andrews look like Zoff

henkesdreadlocks
15 days ago

Carter Vickers confirmed move to the Bhoys on Spurs official site.

doc
15 days ago

caption competition,
Welcome to Parkers!

rab wallace
15 days ago

is it true Barkas dropped his jersey twice during the Utrecht unveiling?

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