STV journalist and presenter Raman Bhardwaj has sent out a tweet claiming that St Mirren are once again interested in Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo.
The forward hasn’t featured at all in Celtic’s pre-season schedule, failing to make the squad in any of their four friendly matches. Manager Neil Lennon has since stated that he’s been carrying a knock (Daily Record).
St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin had opened up previously about his failed move for Bayo back in January (BBC). However, STV man Bhardwaj has reported that the Buddies are back in for the Ivorian.
St Mirren have made an approach to Celtic to sign striker Bayo. Saints made move for Bayo in Jan window.
— Raman Bhardwaj (@ramanbhardwajTV) August 1, 2020
Bhardwaj hasn’t provided clarity on whether the potential move would be another loan offer, or if Saints are after something more permanent. But considering Bayo cost Celtic £2m when they signed him back in January 2018 (Glasgow Times), it would be surprising if the Bhoys decided to make a substantial loss on him.
Bayo made 16 appearances for the Hoops last season, netting two goals (Transfermarkt).
Game-time for Bayo is best for all parties
A move to St Mirren may not be as glamorous as signing for Celtic was, but it’s a move that would suit all parties well.
Bayo simply needs minutes, and pre-season was supposed to be his big opportunity to impress. Instead, he’s watched on as Patrick Klimala fired home three goals and Leigh Griffiths made an impressive return to action against Hibs last week.
With Odsonne Edouard a sure-fire cert to lead the line, opportunities for Bayo just won’t come around much this season. Not with the lack of impressive performances he’s had since moving to the club.
It’s easy to say that because Lennon has favoured a two-striker system from time to time that his chance to impress will arrive, but even that’s not certain. The Hoops are making noises about bringing in yet another forward (The Herald), which could easily push the Ivorian down to fifth choice.
It’s also worth remembering that Bayo is now 23. He’s no longer a youngster who needs time to settle in or be given more time with the under-20 squad. Now is the time we start finding him some first-team football elsewhere to really gauge him on the level he’s at.
A move to St Mirren could be just the kick-start he needs for his Parkhead career.