STV’s Raman Bhardwaj has reported on Twitter that St Mirren have made a late approach to Celtic for Vakoun Bayo.
The Ivorian has struggled for game-time at Celtic this season. He’s only managed 13 appearances, and has only played one minute of our last 13 Premiership games (Transfermarkt).
However, for long spells of the window it looked as though Bayo would stay given a lack of reported offers. That may change over the next hour or so after this latest tweet from Bhardwaj:
St Mirren have approached Celtic to sign Bayo on loan, but as things stand, understand a deal is unlikely.
— Raman Bhardwaj (@STVRaman) January 31, 2020
Bayo is currently Celtic’s fourth-choice striker, as he’s played the least amount of minutes since returning from the winter break. He still has Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths, and Patryk Klimala all being chosen ahead of him.
And St Mirren seem willing to offer him the chance he needs to make an impact during the second half of the season.
Celtic perhaps not willing?
It’s difficult to see why a deal would be unlikely if it wasn’t down to Celtic. If St Mirren want the player then they’re hardly going to back out. As for Bayo, he surely wouldn’t be considering turning down first-team football in the Premiership.
Celtic, however, often play with a 3-5-2. Neil Lennon may feel that he wants two options for each striking position. Whilst that would be fair enough, it certainly doesn’t help Bayo.
The Ivorian was reported to be wanting a loan move earlier this month (Scottish Sun). But Lennon has previously said that he isn’t interested in letting the former Dunajska Streda leave temporarily (Scottish Sun).
It would also have been ideal for Bayo to join a side in Scotland who create chances regularly. Moving to St Mirren, a side fighting for Premiership survival, wouldn’t give us an insight into how he fares playing with a team that dominates possession.
Yet the pros far outweigh the cons. It would allow us to see how he would perform against fellow Premiership opposition. As of yet, he’s almost a total mystery given how little we’ve seen of him.
Hopefully there is some movement here before the window closes. If Bayo could get his temporary loan move, it’ll certainly be better for him than sitting on our bench.