Celtic legend Lubomir Moravcik has given his sign of approval for reported target Vakoun Issouf Bayo to join the club.

Lubo is a huge admirer of the young striker, who has scored 14 goals in 25 appearances for Slovakian side Dunajska Streda.

The Ivorian striker, who only signed for his new club last March, has been subject of a reported £1.75m bid from the Scottish champions.

Moravcik has tipped the Ivorian to make a big impression at Celtic. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The Slovakian legend has even predicted Bayo will take a similar path to Moussa Dembele. The Frenchman left Celtic for Lyon for £20m in the summer.

Moravcik told the Herald: “When Moussa Dembele came to Celtic he was nobody. After two years he moved to Lyon for £20 million.

“I think Bayo can do the same. Play well at Celtic and then move on to a top club in England or elsewhere in Europe.”

Celtic fans will undoubtedly be encouraged by a positive reference from one of their most cherished idols.

However, as history has proven, it’s not always a good thing when a Celtic legend predicts big things for a new signing.

Henrik Larsson once made a bold statement about a new signing. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Back in 2011, the iconic Henrik Larsson predicted Mohamed Bangura would be a success at Celtic.

When the club were linked with a £2m move for the Sierra Leone striker, Larsson spoke to then Celtic boss Neil Lennon to recommend the attacker.

Larsson said Bangura was ‘right’ for Celtic and warned the club they faced a fight for his signature.

The club eventually unveiled Bangura and he went on to make 16 appearances for the club. He did not score a single competitive goal for Celtic.

If Henrik Larsson told Celtic fans their shoes were untied, they’d all look down to check. It was startling that he could get it so wrong about Bangura.

Bangura’s best performance at Celtic Park came against Celtic. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Banishing Bangura’s ghost

Ironically, Bangura will be best remembered by Celtic fans for his performance for Elfsborg in a Champions League qualifier at Celtic Park.

While on loan from Celtic, he produced a superb display as a lone striker away from home in Europe.

Celtic won 1-0, and eventually the tie. However most Celtic fans had washed their hands of Bangura by this point. He returned, scored in a friendly and then departed again.

Henrik Larsson is still fondly welcomed back to Celtic Park whenever he feels like it. This is despite the glowing reference he provided for Bangura.

However, if Bayo follows Bangura and has a stinker of a Celtic career, the glowing recommendation of a Celtic legend may be the thing that stops Celtic actually signing a player.

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