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EURO BLOW FOR HITMAN

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CELTIC’S £2million striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo is a major doubt for the Champions League opening qualifier against FK Sarajevo in Bosnia on Tuesday.

The unfortunate Ivory Coast frontman could sit out the big kick-off with a hamstring injury.

Bayo, who scored the winner in the 2-1 victory over Austrian Third Division outfit Wiener SC at the weekend, felt a strain during training on the club’s pre-season tour.

The powerful attacker, who has played only five minutes of first-team football since his arrival in January, was hoping to be more involved in the new campaign after sustaining another injury only a few months after joining the champions.

Bayo will now undergo a scan to determine the extent of the problem.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “He felt his hamstring in training the other day. There was a little bit of tightness, so he will have a scan to see if there is any extra damage.”

It’s another blow for Bayo who was brought to the club to support Odsonne Edouard following Leigh Griffiths’ omission from the first-team squad due to personal issues.

The Parkhead side were denied the opportunity to strengthen their firing squad after Moussa Dembele’s £19.8million switch to Lyon only hours before the August transfer deadline.

Bayo has already admitted this is a massive season for him as he wants to show the fans why the club paid good money to the club from Slovakian football.

 
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