The Celtic future of striker Vakoun Bayo was decided in the last hours of the January transfer window.
STV’s Raman Bhardwaj reported on Twitter that Premiership side St Mirren had approached the Hoops with a view to taking the player on loan for the second-half of the season.
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
That didn’t happen though, and the Hoops made the decision to retain the player at the club, for the rest of the season.
Perhaps that was inevitable, as Neil Lennon had stated that he didn’t want the player to leave in the transfer window.
“The only way Bayo would go is if we brought another one in. I want to run with four strikers” Lennon said before the window closed, as reported by the Daily Record.
Now, that decision was presumably made by Lennon after he decided to commit to Celtic playing a 3-5-2 formation, that will mean playing two strikers in each game.
Perhaps that is why he wants to keep Bayo at the club, as the fact that playing two strikers every week will gave him a better chance of some game time.
Excellent record at former club
The facts are, Bayo is a goalscorer. At his previous club, he scored 18 goals in 24 games last season.
That is a record that should have led to more game time at Celtic, but it just hasn’t happened, due to injuries and the form of other strikers.
He has made only 13 appearances this season.
However, with the schedule that Celtic have in the weeks ahead, Bayo may finally get his chance, especially as the Hoops boss seems committed to playing two strikers.
If the club are looking for a goal to win a game, it would be no surprise to see Bayo given a chance to try to get that winning goal.
Club seem committed to attacking football
Celtic seem to be committed to playing more attacking football now that the team is playing with two strikers on a regular basis.
That could mean that all four of the forwards in the first-team squad get game time before the end of the season.
Maybe Bayo will even feature against Clyde on Sunday. Even if he doesn’t, Celtic’s formation change does seem to give the player a much better chance of being involved this season, than when the team played one man up-front regularly.