Vakoun Bayo has "many options on the table" ahead of Celtic return

By David Walton

June 2, 2021

It appears as though Toulouse won’t be taking up the option-to-buy deal in Vakoun Bayo ahead of his Celtic return this summer.

Bayo has had a rollercoaster of a season in France as he spent some time away from Parkhead this season. He scored two goals in his debut match against Grenoble, but would go on a goal drought until January. Since then, however, he’s fired home 11 goals, got them to the Ligue 1 playoff final, and earned the nickname “The Helicopter” for his aerial prowess.

There are big question marks over what’s going to happen with the frontline at Celtic next season. In the end, it will be down to the new manager. But it appears that Bayo’s form in France has caught some eyes ahead of the summer window.

That’s after Toulouse president Comolli hinted that this side can’t afford to sign the big striker after failing to bag promotion.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Comolli said: “As far as Bayo is concerned, we have an option on him that is still applicable for several weeks. But in all honesty, the question is mainly financial.

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“He is a player who has a very high salary and now has many options too.”

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Bayo clearly has something about him. He’s gone to Toulouse and made himself a success with a well respected club in France. He came within inches of achieving his goal of promotion whilst bagging constant game-time in Ligue 2. Not to mention he scored in big matches against Ligue 1 sides such as Bordeaux and Nantes this season – his goals weren’t restricted to France’s second-tier.

But it’s clear not all Celtic fans are convinced by him. Some will want to move the Ivorian on if we can get a decent fee this summer. Whilst that looks like a real possibility, I would personally like to see a bit more from him.

Sure, he’s no longer a young gun. At 24, we need to start seeing him reach his full potential. Yet he also hasn’t done little enough to be deemed a total no-hoper for next season. It would, therefore, potentially be worth trying to keep him in Scotland and seeing how he performs with another Premiership club.

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

St Mirren were interested in the striker before his move to Toulouse. Granted, that would now be a bigger step down than he should need to make after his exploits this season. It would be intriguing to know what the other opportunities are that’s apparently on his plate for the summer.

Signed for £2m in 2018 by Brendan Rodgers [Glasgow Times], Bayo has been an odd one. He certainly hasn’t been a success, but he’s still shown he has something different when given the opportunity. So much so that his loan move to Toulouse in the first place was a touch disappointing.

He’s done well there though and appears ready for a step-up. We’ll see what the next Celtic manager thinks of him, but why shouldn’t he be looked at after a fine run of form since January?

In other news, this Celtic pair were today involved in a last-gasp under-21 international win.