Vakoun Bayo's brace for Toulouse is sheer irony for Celtic fans
Vakoun Bayo ironically netted a double for Toulouse on his competitive debut last night, and it wasn’t lost on the Celtic supporters.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has had to bat away criticism of the fact that he didn’t field a single striker against Ferencvaros in the Champions League last week. The Hoops crashed out in a 2-1 defeat, with the manager claiming that both Albian Ajeti and Patryk Klimala weren’t fit to feature in Odsonne Edouard’s absence (Glasgow Times).
Fast forward a few days and a Celtic-owned forward was indeed banging in the goals in Bayo. The big Ivorian notched a brace against Grenoble Foot in their opening Ligue 2 encounter. Toulouse went on to lose the game 5-3 as the loan star ultimately fell to defet.
However, the fact that Bayo is already making headlines for himself left a sense of irony that wasn’t missed by many. Here’s a look at some of the reaction to Bayo’s Ligue 2 debut:
Oh Celtic 🤦♂️🤦♂️🤦♂️ https://t.co/Y7mHeThhTA
— Jake Di Mcginliano (@TheBhoyJM) August 29, 2020
How did he get match fit? 🤷♂️ https://t.co/VKvCHASBei
— Baz6788 (@Baz6788) August 29, 2020
Amazing what happens when you actually play players
— 𝙀𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙁𝙄 (@EtienneBojan) August 29, 2020
Another reason why we should give players a chance. Instead of subbing them on at 60/70 minutes and expecting them to be good 🙈
— DYLAN (@DylanIsOnFire) August 29, 2020
Once again a player never given an opportunity, the celtic way 🙈🙈🙈
— p.mcgarrigan-celtic.f.c.🍀🇮🇪🍀🇮🇪 (@p_mc_garrigan67) August 29, 2020
Typical celtic never give these lads a decent crack of the whip
— Anthony Ashworth (@celticraven1888) August 29, 2020
— Chrissy Turner (@ChrissyTurner1) August 29, 2020
It would be awfully embarrassing if Celtic went and loaned out our only fit striker…
Then went on to lose a vital game because we had no fit strikers…
And our loanee striker went and scored 2 goals in his debut for his new team
— Kitson (@Kitson67) August 29, 2020
Not a great look, but it’s easy to get carried away
It’s easy to go a tad over the top after getting knocked out of the Champions League, particularly so early on in the qualifying stages. However, we can’t look at Bayo’s goals and think “we could’ve used him on Wednesday night”.
If Bayo would’ve been at the club last week, he wouldn’t have featured against Ferencvaros either. Lennon stated last night that he viewed Klimala as a squad player, and that it wasn’t the right time to launch him in last Wednesday (Scottish Sun). Why on earth would Bayo be any different given he’s even below Klimala in the pecking order?
Bayo certainly won’t have Celtic’s Champions League failure on his mind either. He won’t be sitting in Toulouse right now thinking that he’s missed a trick by not staying and potentially featuring against Ferencvaros.
The only thing that should be going through his mind is making an impression this season. If he can’t fire Toulouse to promotion this term, then 20-plus goals would certainly catch Lennon’s eye.
Yesterday’s defeat against Grenoble Foot was a nasty one for Toulouse. However, individually for Bayo, he couldn’t have gotten off to a better start.
As Celtic supporters, we should look at his brace last night as a source of promise and not regret.