Celtic have failed to settle on a regular keeper this season
Celtic fans have narrowly plumped for Vasilis Barkas as their number one in a poll of over 3,000 supporters.
Barkas has failed to impress since arriving for £5m this summer, and that has provided opportunities for Conor Hazard and Scott Bain between the sticks.
Former Celtic forward Chris Sutton told Premier Sports viewers that Hazard had a “nightmare” during the 120 minutes of Sunday’s Scottish Cup Final against Hearts, but the 22-year-old redeemed himself with two crucial stops in the penalty shootout.
With the 16-point gap opened up by Rangers at the top of the Premiership ensuring that Neil Lennon’s men cannot afford to drop more points, debate has raged among Celtic fans as to who their number one should be.
In a one-hour Twitter poll conducted ahead of tonight’s match against Ross County at Celtic Park, Scott Bain emerged as their third choice with 21.2% of the 3,258 votes.
There was little to separate Barkas and Hazard, with the latter gaining 39.3% of the vote. That meant Barkas was narrowly chosen as the fans’ first-choice keeper.
39.5% said the Greek stopper should wear the gloves.
The manager clearly didn’t see things that way, however, keeping faith with Hazard for this evening’s match. Barkas is named among the substitutes.
Lennon’s side have been porous at the back this season, with much of their frailty attributed to the loss of Fraser Forster. The 32-year-old returned to his parent club Southampton in the summer, but has failed to break into the first team.
Lennon is believed to be keen on bringing him back to Glasgow for a third spell in January.