Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo has a huge 11 days ahead of him with Toulouse
Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo has a massive 11 days in France where he could make himself a Toulouse hero.
The Ivorian has been spending the season with the Ligue 2 club in what’s been a rollercoaster of a campaign.
Bayo kicked off his spell in France’s second tier with a brace on his debut against Grenoble Foot. However, that was followed by an incredible run of 11 appearances without a goal [Transfermarkt]. It led to the striker getting a bit of a bashing from Toulouse fans too as he struggled to adapt.
But the second half of the campaign has seen him come alive again. He’s netted eight since January in Ligue 2 alone. He’s bagged another couple in the French Cup – including a goal against bitter rivals and Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.
Yet his greatest achievement of the season could be yet to come. Toulouse have finished 3rd in Ligue 2 this season. That means they’re automatically in the playoff semi-final against Grenoble Foot at home on Friday.
Vakoun Bayo could leave Toulouse as a popular figure
Should Toulouse win on Friday it will set them up for a two-legged final tie. The Ligue 1 side they would face has still to be determined, with their final round of fixtures taking place this weekend. They could face one of Brest, Bordeaux, Reims, Strasbourg, Nantes, and Lorient respectively.
The first leg will take place on Sunday, May 27th. The return match will be played on the 30th. It’s a massive opportunity for Toulouse to bounce straight back up to Ligue 1 at the first time of asking. They were disappointingly beaten to automatic promotion by both Troyes and Clermont Foot this season.
The man that’s almost been forgotten at Celtic could be remembered eternally if he shines in these playoff matches. Chances are he’ll play a major part in them too. He’s started four of Toulouse’s last five matches and has featured in 18 of their last 19 league games.
Nicknamed “The Helicopter” due to his aerial ability in France, this is arguably Brendan Rodgers-signing Bayo’s biggest 11 days of his career. Making himself a hero in France is sure to be noticed by the Celtic supporters and perhaps even the new manager.
It would also see him return to Celtic Park a much more confident player with his spirits high. That has to be his main goal as he looks to sign off with a flourish this term.
And it all starts on Friday against the side he bagged two against in his first Toulouse match.
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