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Celtic: Vakoun Issouf Bayo is a major doubt for St Mirren clash

Celtic: Vakoun Issouf Bayo is a major doubt for St Mirren clash

Celtic striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo is a major injury doubt for tonight’s Premiership clash against St Mirren at Parkhead.

The Daily Record reported that the 22-year-old Ivorian has had a scan on an injury that he incurred earlier this week, which has put his involvement in tonight’s game in serious doubt.

In his pre-match press conference yesterday, Celtic manager Neil Lennon said: “Bayo took a knock yesterday so he’s a major doubt for tomorrow. He’s going for a scan today and we’re hoping he should be okay for the weekend.” (via @CelticFC on Twitter).

Bayo’s injury is the latest setback in a season littered with frustration for the striker, who has been limited to just two starts in all competitions.

He thought he had scored twice in the Premiership win over Hearts in August, only for the SPFL to later determine that both were own goals from Craig Levein’s side, as per The Scotsman.

Having been brought on as an 84th-minute substitute in the Europa League draw at Rennes in September, he picked up two late yellow cards (the second of which seemed quite harsh) to see red and duly be suspended for the following European game against CFR Cluj.

He enjoyed better fortune in his most recent start for the Hoops, the 5-0 Betfred Cup win over Partick Thistle in which he scored one goal and set up another, illustrating that he can be an effective presence when given the opportunity.

Bayo’s likely absence for tonight leaves Lennon light on centre-forward options, with Leigh Griffiths not due back in training until tomorrow, as per the Daily Record.

While 11-goal Odsonne Edouard will almost certainly start up top once more, the only natural centre-forward alternative is teenager Jonathan Afolabi, who has yet to even be involved in a matchday squad for the first team. [via TransferMarkt]

At a stretch, Lennon could call upon Marian Shved, who has previously played in a centre-forward role, but is naturally a right winger and has only played 35 minutes all season.

Bayo has been involved in four goals in the two matches that he started this season, counting the two officially-credited own goals against Hearts, so he has proven to be an effective backup to Edouard when needed.

Even though Bayo is not a regular starter for Celtic, he and Griffiths were next in line for the centre-forward position after Edouard, and should anything happen to the French striker tonight, Lennon may have no choice but to turn to fringe players such as Afolabi or Shved.

Who has more potential, Odsonne Edouard or Moussa Dembele?

Edouard

Edouard

Dembele

Dembele

Celtic fans, how big a worry is it that Bayo is very likely to miss the clash with St Mirren tonight? Comment below with your views!

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