Some Celtic fans have been singing praises after Vakoun Bayo’s goal against Clyde yesterday.

The Ivorian finally ended his five-month scoring drought by netting the third in a 3-0 success at Broadwood. The result was enough to take Celtic into the last eight of the Scottish Cup.

Vakoun Bayo rises for a header

Vakoun Bayo rises for a header (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Bayo came on in the closing stages and with not a lot of time to make an impact. However, he still managed to get three glorious goalscoring opportunities with his movement – bagging one of them in the end.

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His last goal came against Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup back in September. And, reacting to his goal and display, some Celtic fans were delighted to see him make his mark:


Goals, goals, and goals will help win fans over

It’s funny how a goal changes how some view your performance. Had Bayo missed the effort he scored with, that would’ve been three big chances spurned. Not many would’ve been talking about his brilliant movement in the first place.

Many will look at the performances of Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Christopher Jullien and feel they looked several notches above Clyde, and so they should’ve. Yet you could also put Bayo on that list too.


Yes, he missed chances, but he had their defence on toast. He timed his runs perfectly, and took terrific strides to get away from the home side’s backline.

Vakoun Bayo (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

You can say that Clyde were tiring at that point, but is that really a counter? After all, before Bayo came on we were struggling to create openings. It was his freshness and his runs that caused all sorts of havoc for the Bully Wee.

Bayo deserves some positive press. He’s had it rough despite him actually not having a bad goal record this season. His strike against Clyde may only have been his second official goal of the season. However, he effectively scored another two against Hearts that were robbed from him via deflections or final touches back in August (Transfermarkt).

If you were to count those two goals mentioned, and they were both down to him, that’s four goals in only three starts. The rest of his 14 appearances have been brief cameos. So good on the big man for his strike yesterday – he certainly showed he has some positive attributes.

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