Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo set for biggest two games of his career in France

By David Walton

May 26, 2021

Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo is set to tackle the biggest week of his career in France.

Bayo has been spending the campaign on loan with Ligue 2 side Toulouse. Things have been up and down for the Ivorian since the move too. He smashed home a brace on his debut against Grenoble before going on an 11-game scoreless run.

At that stage, it looked as if Bayo was going to be a failure with the Ligue 2 club. However, he’s smashed home 10 goals since January to push Toulouse into the promotion playoff positions. That’s not even mentioning the fact he played a key role in their run to the Coupe de France quarter-finals too.

However, this week, he gets set to take on the biggest two matches of his career. Bayo’s Toulouse come up against Ligue 1 strugglers Nantes on Thursday in the first leg of their Ligue 1 playoff final. The second leg will take place away to the current top-flight outfit on Sunday.

Bayo will be looking to make the most of what will be a huge opportunity. He ended the regular Ligue 2 season with three goals in his final two matches. He also played 90 minutes of the playoff semi-final clash against Grenoble on Friday.

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Now, we’re not saying that starring in the Ligue 1 playoff final will secure his future at Celtic. Far from it, he’s been massively disappointing since signing from Dunajska Streda for £2m [Glasgow Times]. At the time he looked like a valuable target-man when Brendan Rodgers brought him to the club, but he hasn’t impressed anywhere near enough.

But Toulouse have a reported option-to-buy in their loan agreement for Bayo [Scottish Sun]. A massive performance against Nantes in the final could help him secure a long-term future with his loan club in France’s top flight. That would be a massive step up from his current position.

Let’s fact it, Bayo doesn’t exactly scream an Eddie Howe-type striker. If he’s going to be wanted by Celtic in the summer, it would be a massive surprise, regardless of how he performs against Nantes.

Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo / (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group via Getty Images)

However, so many doors can be opened for Bayo should he play a starring role. It won’t just be Toulouse and Nantes who are taking an interest in the game, it’ll be the whole of France. What a stage for the Ivorian to potentially bag himself a big move next season.

Any interest would be welcome. We could do with recouping whatever we can for him. It’s not as if he’s going to get much of a chance here should Celtic seriously strengthen in the summer. He hasn’t been consistent enough in France to demand an opportunity here.

Fingers crossed he can make an impact in the coming days. It’s what would be best for all parties.

In other news, a Celtic youngster was given a massive boost yesterday.