NEW Bhoy Vakoun Issouf Bayo flew into Scotland from Paris last night – and immediately vowed to “score goals and win trophies” at Celtic.

The £2million Ivory Coast international striker, who has netted 18 goals for his club side this season, agreed a four-year deal with the champions, but had been held up by red tape,

The Hoops have now confirmed Bayo’s signing, subject to international clearance, from Slovakian outfit Dunajska Streda.

The 22-year-old powerhouse attacker said: “I know I am joining a massive team and I am coming here to help the club.

“I can’t wait to join up with my new team-mates with so many great players already here.

“It’s my aim to score as many goals as I can, and help the team and the club and the fans win trophies.”

Bayo added: “It’s my aim to transfer my form in the Slovak Super League to Celtic.

“I like to score and like to celebrate with the fans. I understand that Celtic fans are really good, that they make such a great noise at matches and support the team brilliantly.

“That’s the sort of atmosphere I like.”

Bayo will provide much-needed competition in the frontline with Odsonne Edouard struggling for full match fitness and Leigh Griffiths missing due to personal problems.

Brendan Rodgers played Oliver Burke, on loan from West Brom, through the middle in the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Airdrie on Saturday night.

The Scotland international put in a good shift for the full 90 minutes, but drew a blank as the holders relied on two goals from Scott Sinclair and a debut strike from Timothy Weah.

Bayo is likely to get his chance to show what he can do as swiftly as possible, but he admitted he is short of fitness and has not played a competitive game since the start of last month.

He added: “I am not 100 per cent fit just now because we have had a winter break in Slovakia.

“So, I do not know if I will be able to play straight away. We shall have to wait and see.”

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