Former Celtic captain, Jackie McNamara believes that Neil Lennon lacks faith in Vakoun Issouf Bayo as he continues to be a peripheral figure at Parkhead.
Speaking to Football Insider, McNamara understands the situation that Lennon is in but sympathises with the striker.
So what has McNamara said?
When asked if Bayo should go out on loan in a bid to rediscover the form that first enticed the Hoops to sign him and to get himself back into favour at Celtic, McNamara said:
“He’s young, he needs to play, Bayo just turned 23, he needs games, he’s raw, he needs games to show that he’s different from what they’ve got”.
“You only see him when he’s playing and how is he meant to get the fitness or the sharpness he needs? Or learn how to deal with the pressure and experience”.
“There’s pressure on the manager to win and he hasn’t shown faith in Bayo or Griffiths or even Shved, but it’s very difficult for him as they need to win every game but they need the opportunity to play”.
So is McNamara correct?
Bayo has been unlucky in the sense that when Odsonne Edouard was injured, he was also still on the sidelines, so when he could’ve had a run of 3-4 games he was left watching from the sidelines as the departing Lewis Morgan filled in as an auxiliary striker.
Edouard is undisputed first choice and Leigh Griffiths just about has enough credit in the bank to be considered his understudy, although the recent signing of Patryk Klimala for £3.5m may have pushed him further down the pecking order.
Celtic won’t be able to hold onto their French talisman forever and with Leicester City poised to make a summer bid of £30m, competition will be fierce over who gets to lead the line in his absence.
McNamara is right, these players can’t be properly assessed or judged unless they are given the opportunity to make an impression but this season is different in that there is a real pressure on both Celtic and Lennon for the first time in nearly a decade from their rivals across the city.
Should Vakoun Issouf Bayo head out on loan?
The signs don’t look good for Bayo with the addition of Klimala and Edouard still setting the example, it may be that going out on loan is his best chance of sealing a permanent move away from the club if he isn’t to be given a chance to shine in the green and white hoops.