Vakoun Bayo made his first league appearance for Celtic in three months last night – albeit only for one minute.
There were 95 minutes on the clock when the Ivorian forward was thrown on by Neil Lennon for the terrific Odsonne Edouard, who looked to have picked up a slight niggle.
Thankfully, the Frenchman is absolutely fine after a majestic display. Although Bayo is sure to be absolutely delighted to get back on the park – even if it was very briefly.
Lennon may have meant little from the last minute substitute. It was hardly important with us enjoying a two goal lead at Rugby Park.
But it was still intriguing that he went to Bayo ahead of another striker on our bench.
Lennon still clearly sees room for Bayo
With Lennon looking at the forwards at his disposal to bring on, many would have expected him to go for Polish man Patryk Klimala.
The recent recruit has had to play third fiddle in his (very) early days at the club and many will expect him to earn some game time over the coming months due to our crowded fixture list.
Lennon’s decision says very little about the Pole – who is still probably moving his furniture into his Glasgow accommodation.
But it does say a lot about the Northern Irishman’s plans for Bayo, and the fact he very much still has a part to play at the club.
The Ivorian is probably the fourth of our four genuine striker options – excluding youngster Jonathan Afolabi.
Fourth may seem pretty far down the pecking order but while Lennon chooses to play two up top, Bayo will always only be one away from getting a shout.
Given that he was third choice for the vast majority of the first half of the season, his role at the club hasn’t really changed.
Lennon clearly hasn’t given up on the former Dunajska Streda man. He may not see the game time of Edouard, Griffiths or Klimala in the coming weeks and months, but he’s still going to have some part to play.
What he does when he gets on the park will go a long way to sealing his Celtic fate.