On Friday, we were rocked by the news that Celtic striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo was sidelined with a season-ending injury.
The Ivorian has only made one substitute appearance since signing for the Hoops in January. That came in the 1-0 win at Rugby Park back in February, in a match where he featured for just several minutes before full-time.
He then went off with the Ivory Coast under-23s last month and picked up a knock there. It would be interesting to find out whether that injury is has anything to do with his current hamstring knock. Considering that was reportedly a groin strain, however, it’s unlikely.
Regardless, at face value this is bad news for Bayo. With the season coming to an end, now would’ve been his best bet for some game-time in the run-up to what we hope will be a Scottish Cup final.
A hamstring injury is never good, and we won’t try to spin it as such. But, given Bayo’s current predicament at Parkhead, it’s not as disastrous as it perhaps could’ve been.
According to the Sun, Bayo expects to be back in mid-June. If that’s the case, then he can enjoy the early parts of summer and truly get himself acclimatised to Glasgow and Scottish football.
Plenty of time for him to adjust
None of us know how much time the £2million striker from Dunajska Streda has had to get used to Scotland. But now he’ll have a chunk of free time to really settle in.
For Celtic, it’s been non-stop since Bayo arrived. The Hoops have played an incredible 18 games since late January. That’s almost four months’ worth of games for many clubs. Bayo will likely have been just as involved as many in preparing for the games. Getting much time to enjoy what Scotland has to offer may very well have been limited.
For such a young man (22 years of age), he could do with the time off. He’s never played football in the UK before, and this will be a totally different culture to what Slovakia had to offer.
Bayo should see this injury as an opportunity. Get used to how things work here and enjoy Glasgow/Scotland before returning from injury in June. At that stage, it will be time for him to hit the ground running.
We’re all looking forward to seeing what the man who scored 18 goals in 23 appearances for Streda this season has to offer. But for now, the big Ivorian should take it easy.