Ally McCoist claims player who left Celtic for free is ‘better’ than £ 4.5million man
Ally McCoist thinks Celtic should have done more to keep Craig Gordon, saying talkSPORT (February 25, 9:00 am) that the Hearts ace is a “better goalie” than Scott Bain and Vasilis Barkas.
Age doesn’t matter when working between the sticks, and even at 38, Gordon’s reflexes are still sharp.
After falling out of favor with Celtic, who went on the loose in August after rejecting a new contract, the veteran has become a reborn man at Hearts.
Gordon helped the Edinburgh giants take an 11 point lead to the championship lead. But, as Hearts gets closer to a title, the same can’t be said for Celtic.
The crisis-stricken Glasgow giants parted ways with Neil Lennon on Tuesday after their ten consecutive dreams turned into a nightmare.
And, in the midst of all the troubles at Parkhead, the goalie’s dilemma has been the source of many headaches. Neither Scott Bain nor Conor Hazard have done enough to suggest they can be reliable full time as Barkas’ £ 4.5million has had a miserable first season in Scotland.
“A lot of the blame has to be pointed upstairs,” said Rangers legend McCoist, who believes Celtic should have done everything they can to sign former loan star Fraser Forster full-time.
“If you really want to be number ten and make an impact in Europe, you spend a few extra pounds on Fraser Forster.
“Even Craig Gordon, I think Craig Gordon is a better goalie than the ones they have over there.”
Despite becoming Celtic’s eighth most expensive rookie of all time upon arriving from AEK Athens, Barkas has only made two Premiership appearances since the start of the year.
Lennon, in January, publicly admitted that the Greece international was a disappointment, saying Barkas had not adapted to the Scottish game (BBC).
In other news, “Believe Me”: Ruben Dias Says Wolves “Quality” Ace is Simply “Top Class”