Michael Stewart has pointed out one Celtic player who epitomises the problems that the club are suffering from at the moment.
Going into the game against AC Milan last night, most Celtic fans would have expected the club to suffer a defeat. After all, the Hoops had managed to win just two of their last ten games in all competitions. On the other hand, the Italian giants are flying high at the moment and are on top of Serie A.
Yet, for the first 20 minutes of the game, it was Celtic who dominated proceedings. Goals from Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard put them 2-0 up and they were playing some exquisite football. But then, they collapsed, as has been so often the case recently.
They conceded four straight goals to come out of San Siro having lost the game 4-2. This was also their third straight defeat and sixth in eleven games. And at this point, you have question how Neil Lennon still has not been sacked.
BBC pundit Michael Stewart has pointed out Vasilis Barkas to show the problem that the team are suffering from as a whole at the moment. As reported by The Scotsman, he said:
"“He’s clearly got no confidence at the moment. That is a situation that’s not unique to him. It applies to the team as a whole.“There’s no real alternatives at the moment because Scott Bain hasn’t covered himself in glory either. For the money paid for him, £4.5-£5million, they need to start seeing some return for that.“That half of football was a microcosm as a whole. Whenever they seem to make a break through and things seem to be OK, they are very quickly catapulted back down. They lose two quick goals and that sucks all the energy and confidence they would’ve got from those Rogic and Edouard goals.”"
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While Barkas has been nothing special, to be honest he has not been helped by the defence in front of him either. At times they look like they are playing on ice and fail to clear their lines.
Now, many Celtic fans believe that if this was Forster playing instead of Barkas, the club’s problems would have been automatically solved but unfortunately that is not the case. The Englishman would have most probably done a lot better than either of the two keepers have managed this season but it would not have had much of an impact on most of the results.
You cannot expect someone to save shots from point blank range consistently and that is what Celtic have allowed oppositions attacks to do. So while the club do need to look at bringing in a new goalkeeper in January, it would be mistake if they do not look towards defensive reinforcements as well.