Dumbarton manager Jim Duffy believes that Vakoun Bayo has just sent a message to Celtic boss Neil Lennon.
The Ivorian scored his first goal for the club since September with a fine low finish in today’s 3-0 win at Clyde. Bayo watched on as Moritz Bauer superbly got down the right before crossing low for him to sweep home.
Yet it wasn’t the only chance Bayo had in his short cameo either. Despite coming on with around 15 minutes to go, he still had two further glorious chances before his goal that he should’ve taken advantage of. In the end, he had to settle for one.
But Duffy believes that he showed enough in his cameo to give Lennon something to think about. Speaking in the BBC’s live text coverage of the game (09/02, 15:55), the Sons manager said the following on Bayo:
“Bayo had a couple of chances to score – his movement was terrific, it looks simple, but he gets to the byline, checks him, and gets his technique right.
“He’ll be delighted and is sending a message out to Neil Lennon that ‘you may have signed a £3m striker in Patryk Klimala but I’m still here’.
Bayo’s cameo won’t get the praise it deserves
Because he missed two big chances, Bayo will never get the credit he deserves for his display. His goal perhaps adds some deserved praise to his performance, but at times people are too blinded by goals.
Bayo’s movement, something Duffy picks up on, is something that deserves huge praise. He timed his runs to perfection to get in down both flanks for his two chances prior to the goal. Granted, his finishing wasn’t up to par, but he hasn’t played more than a couple of minutes since the winter break ended.
The fact he was in the right area to collect Bauer’s low cross was also a credit to him. It was a fitting moment for him and he fully merited getting in on the act.
It’ll now be interesting to see what that does for him. Duffy is spot on – it sends a huge message to Lennon. Considering Patryk Klimala started the game, Bayo can feel he made more of an impact after managing to get three goalscoring opportunities.
With the games coming thick and fast, he surely throws himself into Lenny’s plans. Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard can’t play every single game together. Rotation will be key if we’re to have a successful second half of the season. Bayo can perhaps feel he should now be next in line when Lennon does decide to mix things up.
Today’s cameo was a huge moment for Bayo and his Celtic career. Can it prove to be the kick-starter he needs? It certainly could do.