St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has admitted that he made a late move for Vakoun Bayo, but says that Neil Lennon didn’t want him to go.
Bayo has hardly featured for Celtic this season. He’s only played 13 times as he’s often been played behind both Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths (Transfermarkt). With Patryk Klimala also joining in January, it would appear as though the Ivorian is now fourth-choice.
Therefore, it would’ve perhaps been sensible to let him go to another club and get some more first-team football. The striker has been relatively starved of it since signing for the Hoops a year ago.
Speaking to the BBC, Goodwin has admitted that he provided Celtic with that opportunity, but was rebuffed in his efforts.
“Bayo would be a fantastic signing for us. But Neil Lennon wants to run with four strikers and Bayo is part of his plans and that’s where that one ends.
Is 3-5-2 going to become our primary formation?
This is an interesting decision from Lennon when you think of our formation.
Firstly, why would you want four strikers competing for one forward position? It wouldn’t make sense, whereas having four for two spots up top would check out.
If Lennon wants to run with four strikers as Goodwin says, this could suggest a permanent switch to the 3-5-2. Bayo simply wouldn’t be needed if that wasn’t the case. Or, at the very least, his value wouldn’t outweigh the importance of a loan move.
Celtic take the trip to Hamilton this afternoon. It’s worth keeping an eye on to see if Lennon once again goes with the two up top. Edouard and Griffiths combined beautifully against St Johnstone at times, and it would be great to see more of it.
Should Lennon make that decision and stick with the 3-5-2 more permanently, or indeed any formation with two up top, he’s right to dismiss Goodwin’s interest. A couple of injuries and we would be struggling for cover if we had let Bayo go.
Time will tell whether it’ll be the right move from Celtic. For Bayo, however, he’ll likely be a touch disappointed at not being allowed to get more game-time elsewhere.