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Barkas makes his return

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Vasilis Barkas made his return to action today with Greece beating Cyprus 2-1 in a friendly match in Athens.

The keeper was injured during Celtic’s Europa League defeat against AC Milan with Scott Bain now the man in possession.

Barkas missed Celtic’s 3-3 draw away to Aberdeen on October 25 but has been back on the substitute bench for the last four matches.

Greece seem to be in freefall internationally, in 2004 they were European Champions, 10 years later they reached the last 16 of the World Cup Finals in Brazil.

This season they find themselves in the third tier of the Nations League with two wins and two draws from their first four matches. On Sunday they travel to Moldova before completing their campaign at home to Slovenia which is shaping up as the group decider.

Celtic spent £4m to sign Barkas from AEK Athens in July but so far he has failed to impress with a shadow cast by Fraser Forster as well as regular changes in the central defenders in front of him.

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