Celtic's Vakoun Bayo didn't recover from unfortunate SPFL decision

By John Reid

August 8, 2020

It looks as if Vakoun Bayo’s time at Celtic is set to come to an end. Hoops boss Neil Lennon told the Daily Record that he was ‘pretty sure’ that the striker is set to join Toulouse on loan.

Should that be the case, it will be the best thing to happen to the player. He will presumably get some game time on a regular basis. That is not going to happen at Celtic Park.

Bayo’s time at Celtic has to go down as quite forgettable. He made only 17 appearances for the club, scoring two goals.

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

However, perhaps his time at the club was summed up by an unfortunate incident at the start of last season. The  player got a rare start in a league game against Hearts, last August.

Two goals taken away from player

Bayo performed well in the game, and looked to have scored at least one goal in the 3-1 victory. However, a few days the Scottish Sun reported that despite the player thinking he had scored a double both goals were recognised as own goals by the SPFL.

Vakoun Bayo against Partick Thistle (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That was a bizarre situation, a player having not one, but two goals taken away from him and given as own goals. The ruling did seem quite harsh, especially when it came to Bayo’s ‘second’ goal on the day.

Found it difficult to recover from setback

Had the goals been given to Bayo, it might well have kickstarted his Hoops career. However, it was not to be. He soon found himself back on the fringes of the team. Perhaps he found it difficult to recover from such a setback.

The player might well be thinking that had the goals been awarded he could be challenging Odsonne Edouard for a place in the first-team.

That didn’t turn out to be the case though. With the Hoops having plenty of strikers in the squad, Bayo is better off moving on.

Who knows, perhaps if he turns in some great performances on loan for Toulouse then he will still have a future with the Hoops, but it seems unlikely. For the moment, a transfer, either on loan or permanent, is the best thing for the player.

In other news, a Celtic talent has urged Hoops youngsters to consider loan moves