Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo could be a contender for action in Neil Lennon’s team as early as next week, the manager has told The Herald.

Bayo has managed to play just a single match since the end of October, with fitness and injury issues taking their toll on his ability to make it into Lennon’s plans.

He came off the bench against Cluj in our final Europa League group stage match after playing a number of times in September and October.

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However, Lennon is hopeful he’ll be back to fitness soon and has also suggested he’ll be looking to play two strikers in his starting eleven more regularly.

As quoted by The Herald, he said: “He had the long-term injury, so he’s just back training. How far is he away from playing? Maybe another week or so.

“We have competition there now.

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“We may have to change the way we play sometimes. We did it for Lazio. In the main we have been 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3, whatever you want to call it, but having a number of strikers might give us the opportunity to play two up.

“You can’t have enough good strikers, honestly, and with the amount of games we’ve got coming up there will be injuries, suspensions coming along, so we’ll need them all.”

Is there still hope for Bayo?

Signed by Brendan Rodgers last January, it’s fair to say to that Bayo has had a desperately disappointing first 12 months at Celtic.

Making just 13 appearances, he’s only managed to officially score on one occasion.

However, Lennon’s comments make it clear that the arrival of Patryk Klimala won’t completely rule the 23-yar-old out of action in the second half of the season.

Vakoun Bayo celebrates a Celtic goal

Vakoun Bayo celebrates a Celtic goal / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It sounds like there will be plenty of opportunities for the duo, as well as Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths.

It’s always folly to completely write off a Celtic player who hasn’t had a sustained run in the team, so until that happens I’m happy to still hold out hope that Bayo can come good.

Lennon wouldn’t still be talking up his presence if he had no future at Celtic Park. Hopefully he can now show fans why the manager has faith in him.

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