Heading into the January transfer window, it appeared that signing only one striker was going to be enough for our squad depth.
However, after Patryk Klimala completed his move to Parkhead yesterday (Scottish Sun), there was an interesting turn of events last night.
Vakoun Bayo has reportedly requested a move away from Celtic Park. A lack of game-time this season has clearly led to the striker feeling that he needs developing elsewhere (Scottish Sun).
This comes after reports came out that Neil Lennon was looking to play new signing Klimala alongside Odsonne Edouard (Scottish Sun). That would mean Celtic going with two strikers up top as opposed to the one-striker system they’ve often fielded this season.
However, with Lennon’s apparent desire to go with two up top and Bayo’s willingness to leave, does that make another January striker a priority?
The two players for each position rule
If Lennon does indeed field two strikers from January onwards, that would see Edouard and Klimala play consistently. It’s an exciting prospect, but it takes away some of our depth levels.
As things stand, if Lenny was to go ahead with that plan, we would have Leigh Griffiths and Bayo in reserve. That’s all well and good, but Bayo’s apparent desire to leave this month reduces our cover.
There are question marks hovering over Griff too after some bizarre actions on social media last night. In the end, the Celtic striker decided to delete his Twitter account. Given that it all came on the same day we signed Klimala, it didn’t look great.
If Bayo or Griff were to leave, it leaves us with just one replacement for two strikers. That isn’t ideal considering the number of games we’ll have coming up in the second half of the season. Therefore, that could lead Lenny to stay in the market for further cover.
There’s also no sign of it just yet, but if Celtic do let Odsonne Edouard go in the summer, it would perhaps be ideal to get his replacement in as soon as possible. Whether that’s Klimala remains to be seen.
But our reported idea to go with two strikers combined with Bayo’s own needs to leave, it makes sense for us to dip back into the market for another forward. The next few weeks will certainly be intriguing.