Celtic striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo is set to be offered a permanent Parkhead escape route with loan club Toulouse [Daily Record].
The Lowdown: Celtic set to re-shuffle personnel ahead of 2021/22
As Celtic gear up for the 2021/22 campaign, a raft of senior exits are expected as they re-shuffle their pack to try and reclaim the Premiership title from rivals Rangers at the first attempt.
However, recent reports suggest the Ivorian striker could now be the first departure of Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic tenure.
Should Celtic keep or sell Vakoun Issouf Bayo?
The Latest: Bayo offered a permanent escape from life at Celtic
As it stands, Toulouse are set to offer Bayo the chance to sign on permanently, firming up on an option-to-buy clause which was built into his loan deal [Get French Football News].
Club president Damien Comolli has signalled his intention to acquire the towering 24 year-old, stating: “Vakoun Bayo wants to stay with us and he has now received our proposal” [Daily Record].
The Verdict: Celtic should give Bayo a second chance in pre-season
Never really afforded much of an opportunity at Parkhead, Bayo has made just 17 appearances for the Hoops, registering two goals and one assist [Transfermarkt].
Despite this, he has proven to be a smash-hit in the French second-tier. Featuring 36 times for Les Violets in 2020/21, he has notched an impressive 17 goal contributions; 13 goals and four assists [Transfermarkt].
Fundamentally, Bayo could represent a different option from fellow Bhoys strikers Leigh Griffiths, Odsonne Edouard and Albian Ajeti due to his aerial potency, and when a new manager comes in the time is surely right to give every player a fresh start.
As Postecoglou plots how he will approach the 2021/22 campaign successfully, he could do a lot worse than to reject advances for the Ivory Coast international and give him a second chance at pre-season training if it is not too late already.
In other news, a Celtic midfielder has ‘agreed personal terms’ for a Parkhead exit.
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