Celtic fans have called for the player to be signed after his heroics for the Scotland national team as they managed to go through the EURO qualifiers.
How quickly things can change in football! When rumours initially broke out linking Celtic with signing then Wigan Athletic goalkeeper David Marshall, there might have been hardly any fans who were excited by the prospect of bringing the 35-year-old back to Parkhead.
Fraser Forster had done very well the previous season but had reportedly turned down a chance to be a part of the 10IAR campaign in order to stay on at Southampton. And David Marshall was seen as a step down.
Instead, the club went on to bring in Vasilis Barkas from AEK Athens for a transfer fee of around £4.5 million. The Greek international has not been entirely convincing yet though and with the club struggling for form, a portion of the fanbase already seem to be looking for replacements. And Marshall seems to be the man that they want between the sticks at Parkhead.
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Marshall came up with the goods last night when he saved the last penalty from Serbia to send Scotland into the EUROs. And even at the age of 35, it looks like he could have done a job for Celtic if the club had ended up signing him in the summer. Instead, he signed with Derby County and at this point of time there is little to no chance of the Hoops getting another shot at his signature.
This is all in hindsight though. As mentioned before, when the rumours initially broke out about Marshall, not many were happy. And the board did go after the option that made most sense at that point of time.
And the fact of the matter is, Barkas has not been terrible when given the opportunity. Some of the stick that he has received is unjustified and his only poor performance was perhaps the game against the Rangers. The shaky defence in front of him deserves the lion’s share of the blame though. Give the Greek international some time to adjust and he will come good.