Celtic boss Neil Lennon has confirmed that he won’t discipline Vakoun Issouf Bayo, despite the striker being shown a red card in the Europa League 1-1 draw with Rennes.
Bayo looked unfortunate to be given a second yellow card in injury time, as he contested a ball which had been spilled by Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
After a delay, he was sent-off by the referee and will miss the Hoops’ next Europa League clash against Cluj. Lennon came to the defence of his player after the game.
“It was very harsh”
“I’m big on discipline, we know what discipline means to this club. I’m not going to throw Bayo over the post for that. It was very harsh” Lennon said, as reported by the Celtic Twitter account.
More from the manager on https://t.co/00fJCijgWx and YouTube tonight. 💻
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) September 19, 2019
That is sensible management by Lennon. He is supporting his player, who was distraught at being awarded the red card.
It would not have made much sense to discipline the player, as he was so unfortunate to be sent-off. In fact, it would not be a surprise if Bayo started Celtic’s next league game against Kilmarnock.
Could start in next league game
That would show that the management is fully behind the player, even after a red card offence. It could also be argued that it is a good time to start Bayo in a game, as Odsonne Edouard could perhaps do with a break after a busy start to the season.
Bayo is obviously in the Celtic manager’s plans this season. He has come off the bench in most weeks and looks to be the second choice striker.
Therefore, it is good to see the Hoops boss defending one of his players so vehemently.