Some Celtic fans react to Vakoun Issouf Bayo vs Ross County

By David Walton

October 21, 2019

The performance of Vakoun Issouf Bayo vs Ross County wasn’t exactly a standout.

The Ivorian came on for the final 25 minutes at Celtic Park on Saturday in the 6-0 routing of the Staggies. In fairness to him, he did play a key part for the sixth goal too, as his cross was diverted goalwards by Boli before being finished by Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Vakoun Issouf Bayo is still looking to build on his Partick Thistle goal (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, Bayo also missed a big one-on-one chance after being put through by Tom Rogic. He took a heavy touch, and it was a wasted opportunity for him.

For once, it seems he didn’t impress some when it came to his performance. Here’s a look at what these Celtic fans thought of him on social media:

If Bayo scores then it’s a different narrative

It’s always fine margins in football. Bayo takes a heavy touch and Ross Laidlaw makes a fine save. That’s enough for him to be criticised for his overall performance. That’s no slight on the fans who didn’t like the look of him, but the narrative would be different had he buried that one.

It’s also important to remember that he only came on for the final 25 minutes. Odsonne Edouard took 46 to find his feet in front of goal after several first-half stops from Laidlaw. Not many would’ve been on his back for it.

Bayo is starting to frustrate a band of fans (Sebastien Salom-Gomis/AFP/Getty Images)

As stated previously, Bayo made a tremendous impact for goal number six. Without his running down the right, Celtic could be sitting second place in the Premiership just now. Sure, it’s trivial considering it’s only October, but he did make a contribution of some sort.

Seeing a route for Bayo ahead of French Eddy is a tough one, however. He may have to bide his time, and likely won’t get his chance to make the striker spot his own until we sell our high-flying Frenchman.

Odsonne Edouard is still top dog at Parkhead (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Bayo has shown positive signs in his substitute appearances this season. But he needs more time to prove he can be of real value to us. He was most certainly quiet on Saturday, but he still made positive runs that got us into good areas.

However, his display hasn’t seemed to please a sizable section of our support if social media is anything to go by.