St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin praises Celtic communication on Vakoun Bayo as he nears exit to French football

By John McGinley

August 8, 2020

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has praised Celtic for the club’s communication on Vakoun Bayo this summer, as the player nears an exit to French football, The Glasgow Times reports.

Bayo was signed by Brendan Rodgers in January 2019 but has failed to make significant progress at Celtic Park, hampered by fitness issues and the excellent form of Odsonne Edouard.

The Paisley team have been long-time admirers of the Ivorian, retaining an interest in his services from January this year into recent months.

Goodwin though has acknowledged he’s missed out, stating that the player has decided to move to France.

As quoted by The Glasgow Times, he said: “We made it clear to them at the beginning of pre-season that if the player became available again we would certainly be keen to try and make something work and, in fairness to Celtic, they were very open and honest about the situation and told us there was interest from abroad.

“We knew it was a long shot but if you don’t ask the question you will never know.

“The player has decided to go to France and we wish him well.”

Bayo was spotted posing with a Toulouse strip yesterday, apparently close to joining the Ligue 2 outfit (The Scottish Sun).

Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic have been in a rather public chase for a new striker in the transfer market so the player’s exit is not much of a surprise.

What’s unclear at this stage is whether it would be on a loan basis or an outright permanent deal.

Whichever it is, it’d be grand to see him succeed elsewhere.

At the very least, I hope he manages to find consistent week-to-week football, which he has not been able to secure since arriving in Scotland.

In other news, Celtic have been praised by the French U21s head coach for the development of Odsonne Edouard.