Watch as clinical Bayo strikes again; the only in-form Celtic striker

By David Walton

March 14, 2021

Vakoun Bayo continued his fine form with another goal for Toulouse as he cemented his place as the only in-form Celtic striker.

The Ivorian netted his eighth goal of the season at home to Chambly last night in a convincing 4-0 success. It was the Hoops man who completed the rout with a powerful close-range finish. This came after he was introduced for the final 25 minutes as he continues to make his mark.

Bayo now has six goals in his last 12 games as he continues a sound run of form. Compare that with the recent struggles of Odsonne Edouard, Albian Ajeti, Patryk Klimala, and Leigh Griffiths. Eddy had been on a sensational run of eight goals in six games at the start of the year, but they’ve dried up since mid-February.

As things stand, Bayo is the only Celtic striker scoring on a regular basis over a prolonged period of time. This is despite the fact that in those 12 games mentioned, half of them have seen him come on as a sub.

But he continues to regularly make an impact when given the time to do so, and last night was no different. Take a look at his strike below:

Bayo showing what happens when you get a chance; Celtic striker has something in him

There will be plenty who turn their noses up at the level Bayo is scoring at. His goals in Ligue 2 won’t impress everyone. However, let’s not kid ourselves – plenty of the teams in that division would more than hold their own in the Scottish Premiership.

In addition to that, Bayo has already shown he can net against Ligue 1 teams too. He scored a crucial opener in the win against Bordeaux at the start of the year in the French Cup. The Ivorian centre-forward clearly has something about him.

And it’s also important to remember that Bayo is anything but past his prime. He only turned 24 in January, with plenty of room still to develop yet.

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

Celtic have badly lacked a target man this team. When Edouard has either been off-form or out of the team, the alternatives haven’t been up to it. We’ve struggled to make the ball stick too often, and this is perhaps an option we could utilise with Bayo.

Some may feel he doesn’t have the pace or close control to suit Celtic’s game. But his speed can be deceiving as he’s shown already this season, whilst any new manager could easily change the system and see a need for him.

Expect him to be given a shot in pre-season unless Toulouse take up their option-to-buy. Finally, Bayo is scoring regularly.

In other news, Willie Miller has stated that Aberdeen should take advantage of any Celtic “uncertainty” to sign Scott Brown.