Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo has refuted claims from Hearts that two of Sunday’s goals were in fact own goals and not efforts from the Ivorian, The Scottish Sun report.
Bayo, starting his first ever Hoops match, was a lively presence throughout the Scottish Premiership encounter.
His running and box play led to a double in a 3-1 win. However, both efforts arguably took touches from Hearts defenders as they challenged Bayo, before nestling in the back of the net.
Craig Levein was adamant his players had netted own goals, The Scottish Sun say, but Bayo is insisting the goals were his.
As quoted by the paper, the forward said: “I scored twice. I touched the ball for the first goal and the defender also touched the ball but I got the last touch on it.
“I also got the last touch for the second goal — so I disagree that they were own goals.
“I should have scored three, and the manager told me that as well after the game!”
If the Ivorian feels he deserves credit for the goals then he is spot on to assert himself and defend that against claims from an apparently bitter Craig Levein.
Ultimately it doesn’t really matter too much. Even if they were own goals, it was Bayo’s efforts that forced the errors. He appears to be quite adept at running across defenders and causing havoc in the penalty box.
With a different striking style than both Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths, it was obvious from yesterday’s display why he was brought to the club in the first place.
His pace and energy will now give Neil Lennon a different tactical option moving forward if he feels he needs it.
Edouard is clearly our first choice, but it’s heartening to see that Bayo isn’t intent on letting his Celtic career fizzle out after a slow start.