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  • Lubo: Bayo is a proven goalscorer who can thrive at Paradise

    Lubo: Bayo is a proven goalscorer who can thrive at Paradise

    By: Joe Donnelly on 09 Jan, 2019 16:31

  • THIS week, Celtic welcomed Vakoun Issouf Bayo to Paradise in a four-year deal which sees him join the club until 2023. The 21-year-old has signed from Slovak Super League side, Dunajska Streda, and having scored 18 goals in 23 games this season, Celtic legend Lubomir Moravcik reckons Bayo can transfer his current impressive goalscoring form to Scottish football.

    Speaking to the official Celtic website, Moravcik – who scored 35 goals in 129 appearances for the Hoops between 1998 and 2002 – praised Bayo’s goalscoring record in the Slovakian league.

    “Wherever you play in the world, scoring goals isn’t easy,” said Moravcik. “No matter where you are or who you’re playing, defenders want to stop strikers. But Bayo’s ability and performances in Slovakia have been very good, he’s skilful and has proven he can score goals here, and I’m certain he can do the same in Scotland. If he can score goals in Slovakia, he can score goals anywhere in the world. A goalscorer is always a goalscorer

    “I saw Bayo play in one particular game near the start of the season, and he scored the winning goal in the last minute. He’s been a very important player for Dunajska Streda, he’s scored a lot of goals, and he’s got a lot of potential. He’s young, he’s quick. He might need time to adapt, but I definitely think he’s got a lot of promise.”

    The Ivory Coast internationalist has scored a host of goals with his head, which is also something Lubo thinks can help the Scottish champions in the second half of the season.

    Moravcik added: “There were many players who could score with their head from set-pieces in the Celtic team I was part of, and football teams always welcome players who can make those count. Now in football, it’s very important to have players who are good in the penalty box, especially with their head.

    “That’s an important part of the game, and an important part of Celtic’s game. Celtic are a team who often dominate games, they get a lot of set-pieces, so I think a player like Bayo, who can come in and affect that part of the game, will be very important for the club.”  

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