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  • Brendan Rodgers praises new Bhoy Vakoun Issouf Bayo's qualities

    Brendan Rodgers praises new Bhoy Vakoun Issouf Bayo's qualities

    By: Joe Donnelly on 09 Jan, 2019 13:01

  • BRENDAN Rodgers has made his third signing of the January transfer window with the arrival of Vakoun Issouf Bayo, who has joined Celtic on a four-year deal from Slovakian side, Dunajska Streda.

    The 21-year-old Ivory Coast striker has scored 18 goals in 23 games so far this season in Slovakia, and the Celtic manager praised the new Bhoy's speed, presence and physicality in the final third.

    Speaking exclusively to Celtic TV at the squad’s Dubai mid-season training camp, the manager said: “He’s a good signing and it’s another forward player for us, which increases our options on the front-line for the second part of the season.

    “He’s a young player that has scored goals, he’s broken into the Ivory Coast national team, Kolo knows him well, and he’s a player we can develop. I’m looking forward to working with him.

    “We’re a team that plays an aggressive and attacking game, and I felt that was an area that we were short in, in terms of our options. Bringing Oliver and Timothy in will strengthen in central and wide areas, and bringing Vakoun in as well gives us a physicality, as well as a presence and speed.

    "This allows us more options in terms of the systems that we play. The style will always be the same, but it increases the way in which we can play.”

    Brendan Rodgers also underscored the importance of bringing in the new players so early in the transfer window, as it gives them more time to mix and converse with the squad. Likewise, he’s keen to reintroduce his team’s injured stars, and looks forward to the return of Tom Rogic from international duty.

    “Ideally, you want to get deals done as soon as possible into the transfer window, so that you get the chance to work with the players,” said the manager. “It’s good that they’re here, they’re working, they can adapt quicker, and what’s also important is to get the injured players back.

    “The likes of Tom Rogic, too, these are players of quality that can make a real difference for us. Hopefully we can get those guys back in, and with the additions to the squad, that should set us up for the second part of the season.”

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