New Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo claims Didier Drogba’s influence will help him in Scotland.

The 22-year-old striker thinks of the Chelsea legend as a brotherly figure.

However, this isn’t the first time the former striker and the club have been linked.

The Hoops were to trial a young Drogba but it didn’t come to fruition thanks to the surprise intervention of Momo Sylla.

Bayo has relationship with fellow Ivorian Drogba

The new forward joins the club on a four year deal from Slovakian side FC DAC.

He is only now getting to know his club as a work permit issue was preventing him coming in earlier.

Vakoun Bayo is learning about Celtic after just arriving in Glasgow (Photo by BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The rumoured £2 million fee paid will seem like nothing if Bayo can repeat his Slovak form.

He has the strongest supporters in legendary footballers Drogba, Lubo Moravcik and Kolo Touré.

Bayo said to RTE: “Didier Drogba is a bit like a big brother to me but we haven’t spoken to each other.

“I do hope I can have a career as good as he had but we will see what happens.

Didier Drogba is a legend for Ivory Coast footballers. (Photo by GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

“So yes, in a way I am inspired and playing in the same style as a young Didier Drogba.”

If Bayo can replicate Drogba’s career with Celtic, then The Hoops are on onto a winner.

Hoops missed legend but can make new signing one

Former Celtic winger Sylla was like a brother to the young EA Guingamp star, Drogba.

A trial couldn’t be sorted and the more experienced player said the soon to be legend wouldn’t get in the team ahead of Henrik Larsson, John Hartson and Chris Sutton.

Henrik Larsson being Celtic’s number one striker kept Ivorian from getting trial. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

It may have been true at the time, but the Swede was to leave soon after and the latter two were winding down.

A Drogba deal would have been the signing of the century only similar to that of the one that brought in Larsson.

Fortunately, Celtic have their on-form Ivorian now and he has the platform to become a legend himself.

He already makes an impression on FC DAC fans but he will experience this on a larger scale should he hit it off in Glasgow.

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