Cameo role only for Celtic's Vakoun Bayo in 7-goal thriller; loan struggles continue

By Euan Davidson

December 19, 2020

Celtic’s exiled striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo watched from the bench as Toulouse beat Le Havre 4-3.

Goals from Rhys Healey, Amine Adli and a stoppage time penalty from Stijn Spierings (WhoScored?) secured all three points for the South French side. Bayo wasn’t introduced until the 87th minute, in another personally disappointing week for the Ivorian.

Le Havre, to their credit, came back from behind on no less than three occasions. They looked to have nicked a point in the 87th minute with a goal from Nabil Alioui. Thankfully for Toulouse, a penalty in the 8th minute of stoppage time was enough to secure the win.

The result puts Toulouse into 3rd place in France’s Ligue 2 (ESPN).

 

Celtic exile Bayo can’t buy-o a goal

Bayo had started games for Les Violets in the early stages of the season. However, after being dropped for a clash with Guingamp, the Celtic loanee has watched matches from the bench.

The target man has only been able to look on as Rhys Healey’s goalscoring exploits have fired Les Violets up the table. With 7 goals in 13 games (Transfermarkt), Healey is the clear choice for Toulouse manager Patrice Garande.

Celtic’s loanee Bayo, meanwhile? Just 2 goals from 11 games (Transfermarkt).

Bayo hasn’t been able to find any kind of consistent form since his final season with Dunajska Streda in the Slovakian top tier. In that season, he scored 10 goals in 16 league appearances. It was clearly enough to impress the recruitment team at Celtic Park.

Bayo against Rennes / (Photo by Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Not quite a natural fit at Celtic, his back-to-goal playing style clashed with the Bhoys’ tactical style last season. His most successful outing in the Green and White involved two of his efforts being given as own goals (BBC).

Unless the Ivorian can turn things around at Toulouse, his future at Celtic looks bleak. Toulouse have an option to sign Bayo permanently, but it doesn’t seem likely they’ll act on it.