Goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas has joined Celtic from AEK Athens on a four-year contract.

Barkas has made more than 100 appearances for AEK since joining from Atromitos in 2016, winning the Greek top flight in 2018.

The 26-year-old has featured 10 times for Greece.

“I’m very happy to be here, it’s a dream to come to one of the biggest teams in Europe, and I can’t wait to play for Celtic,” said Barkas.

“Winning medals and trophies is why I came here. I want to win 10-in-a-row, and I want to help us get into the Champions League.”

Neil Lennon had been pursuing a new keeper after Craig Gordon departed and Fraser Forster returned to Southampton following a loan spell.

Scotland cap Scott Bain has played for Lennon’s side during pre-season while fellow goalkeeper Ross Doohan is¬†close to joining Ross County¬†on loan.

Celtic are reported to have paid £4.5m for Barkas.

The defending Scottish Premiership champions, who are going for a 10th successive title, open their league campaign on Sunday at home to Hamilton Academical.

 

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