Forgotten Celtic man continued his renaissance in Europe last night

By David Walton

January 21, 2021

Forgotten Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo continued his return to relevancy in Europe last night as he netted a fine winner for Toulouse against Niort in the French Cup.

Bayo was on hand to score a delightful chip in what would prove to be the only goal of the game. At the same time, Celtic’s front-men Leigh Griffiths and Patryk Klimala fired blanks in a 2-2 draw with Livingston.

Bayo was the hero of Toulouse’s previous game against Grenoble. However, it hasn’t been all rosy for the Ivorian in the south of France. In fact, if truth be told, it’s generally been a nightmare spell.

Before the last two matches, Bayo had been on a run of 11 appearances without a goal. But after a towering header against Grenoble and a superb dinked effort vs Niort, things are finally looking up for the former Dunajska Streda man. You can view the goal against Niort for yourself below:

Celtic man Bayo finally making things happen in Europe

It’s been a long season for Bayo so far. We spoke recently about the prospect of potentially bringing him back if there was an option to given how poorly things have gone for him this season.

However, holding that thought, for now, looks like the best route forward. It’s worth seeing whether he can finally start to build himself a consistent run of minutes and goals.

You can’t take away from the quality of Bayo’s finish last night. It was the sign of a player whose confidence had returned to him. The fact it was the winner too will also give him further satisfaction.

Vakoun Bayo in action for Celtic / (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Brendan Rodgers signing, who came to Parkhead back in January 2018, has barely played under Neil Lennon. He’s been given 15 cameo appearances and two starts since Lennon came back to the club in February 2019.

Yet it’s important to recognise that Bayo may not be back if he impresses. Toulouse actually have an option to buy in this deal, and a good run of form will surely lead to them taking up the option (Scottish Sun).

That would be an incredible turnaround for him if that’s the case given his early-season form. Then again, it’s important not to get too carried away – it’s two goals in two games. Let’s see what happens over the next few weeks.

In other news, Celtic fans couldn’t believe this wild decision from Neil Lennon last night regarding our best player.