Vakoun Issouf Bayo’s start at Celtic has been a tad slower than expected, but the striker has a reason for it.
The Ivory Coast striker has yet to score for the Hoops. Added to that, he’s only had one short cameo in the 1-0 win over Kilmarnock back in mid-February.
Celtic splashed out £2million to sign him from Dunajska Streda. Despite that, he’s fallen behind the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Oliver Burke, and Timothy Weah respectively.
He’s yet to feature under Neil Lennon. And Bayo has confirmed that the departure of previous manager Brendan Rodgers has rocked him. Speaking to Sport Mania, Bayo said the following on Rodgers’ departure.
“The departure of the former coach has somewhat mixed my plans. Today, there is a new boss who runs the team. It is not easy. But, as a professional, I give the best of me to convince him.
“I have played only one match with the first team since my arrival. Afterwards, I have taken part in several matches with the reserves, but given what I can produce on the field, I should quickly find the top team.”
Best to look ahead to next season
Celtic have a bit of a settled side in place now. Given the fact that Bayo is, at best, fourth choice at the moment, it’s not likely we’ll see him much until next season.
Burke and Weah look set to head back to their parent clubs at the end of the campaign. That opens a door of opportunity for Bayo, who needs to use pre-season to impress the new manager.
Neil Lennon isn’t certain to be the manager beyond the end of the season either. At the moment he’s only in until the summer. But if the Hoops manage to win a treble, then there’s a strong chance he could be given the role permanently.
But it’s clear that Bayo’s arrival here was in large part down to Rodgers. It’s yet another poor show on Rodgers that he left players such as Bayo in the lurch to join Leicester City.
It’s now down to the Ivorian to catch Lennon’s eye, however. The fact he only made his first appearance in a Celtic squad under Lennon against Dundee proves that he still has some convincing to do.
Hopefully we can see a bit more of him between now and the end of the campaign. The sooner Celtic win the league, the sooner we’ll likely see him.