Shved and Bayo "like" Celtic Wednesday Insta post; youngsters have clean slate

By Euan Davidson

February 24, 2021

Celtic loanees Marian Shved and Vakoun Issouf Bayo have made a few supporters smile today.

The two squad members, on loan at KV Mechelen and Toulouse respectively, were frozen out by Neil Lennon. Today, they took the most tepid form of revenge, by “liking” Celtic’s Instagram post about Lennon resigning.

Or did they? Perhaps it was a force of habit, with players encouraged to engage with the club on social media. It’s just particularly interesting that it’s those two players who have enjoyed Lennon’s departure announcement.

The Celtic exiles, particularly Marian Shved, have enjoyed success on loan. While in Belgium, he’s turned from a berated misfit to a match-winner. Bayo, meanwhile, has endured a more difficult, stop-start time. Occasionally, he’ll pop up with a goal. At other times, he’s been kept out of the team by a former MK Dons striker.

Vakoun Bayo in action for Celtic / (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Clean slate for forgotten Celtic men Shved and Bayo

With Lennon leaving (spoiler alert if this the first article you’ve read today), there’s a fresh opportunity for Celtic’s loanees. Shved, Bayo and Jack Hendry in particular may be intrigued by recent events.

You could even say they “like” what they’re seeing from the club.

Lennon’s coarse man-management style isn’t for everyone. Clearly, it didn’t work long-term for Jeremie Frimpong, while Scott Sinclair was neglected by the former Celtic captain. This leaves us with several questions, and alternative first XIs who could’ve formed Celtic teams under a different manager.

Depending on the manager, Bayo still could prove an awkward fit at Celtic. Something of a target man, he’s reminiscent of the kind of player the Bhoys haven’t utilised. Arguably, Samaras and Jan Venegoor of Hesselink were the last “Target men”, but only by virtue of height and scenario. Ultimately, both had more to their game. With 5 goal involvements in 19 Ligue 2 games, Bayo hasn’t blazed the heather [Transfermarkt].

Shved, meanwhile, has a clearer path to the first-team. A versatile winger who can score goals, his Belgian renaissance points to a change in attitude. Comments from early in his loan suggested his professional career was stalling. However, having had his work ethic and effort called out, he’s responded magnificently.

We have no idea who the new manager will be, which players will be kept on and who will be given another chance at Celtic. For once, that’s exciting, rather than concerning.

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