Celtic are convinced they’ve found their ideal plan ‘B’ in Vakoun Bayo, Football Insider understands.
The Ivory Coast international scored his first goal for the club last week since his £2million January move from Dunajska Streda as Neil Lennon compared his heading ability to Henrik Larsson.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Bayo has also made a big impression behind the scenes with his physicality and aerial threat.
The 6ft powerhouse has been “scaring” teammates at their Lennoxtown headquarters through his eagerness to win high balls and put his body on the line.
It is precisely the kind of alternative attacking option Lennon wants to first-choice spearhead Odsonne Edouard, who has emerged this season as a potential superstar.
The Hoops boss knows the team cannot rely upon always breaking down well-drilled opponents through quick attacking overloads and passing combinations.
Bayo has taken a long time to get up to speed since his January arrival and his substitute appearance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Hibernian was just his ninth for the club.
But Lennon and his coaching staff believe the option of a tower forward is an excellent one to have to cause havoc in the opposition box and cause vulnerabilities for his teammates to exploit.
Bayo, who has been capped two times by Ivory Coast, has made just two starts among his eight appearances this season but is set for increased game time in the coming weeks.