Toure’s Ivorian connection with Bayo

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And then there were four.  Ivory Coast’s Vakoun Issouf Bayo (22 tomorrow) arrived yesterday on a four year contract from  Slovak club Dunajska Streda, bolstering Celtic’s striker count to four, after the arrival earlier this week of Timothy Weah.  With the continued absence of Leigh Griffiths and injury to Odsonne Edouard, the club were forced to play teenage winger Mikey Johnston as striker last month.

I normally avoid YouTube videos of a prospect as they are notoriously edited, but we are able to view all of Vakoun’s goals online.  What’s clear is that a higher percentage of his goals are headed than any player I’ve known.   He made his Ivory Coast debut as a late substitute in a African Cup of Nations qualifier in October.

Celtic’s policy here was to be fleet of foot.  They spent a reported £2m on a player who left African football 10 months ago and has played only 32 games in Europe.  Had they continued to scout the player – and his form continued on its current trajectory, competition for his signature would have grown exponentially.

What has been more important on this occasion was the player’s African connections.  Ivorian superstar Kolo Toure continued his stay in Glasgow as a Celtic coach after his playing career ended.  He also coaches the Ivory Coast national and under-23 teams, so has witnessed Bayo’s progress through the ranks.

Every deal is a risk, but with Kolo’s assistance Vakoun has an excellent chance to settle into life in Glasgow.

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  1. Just logging on for first time today & scrolling back was chuffed to see some lovely Happy Birthday wishes, Thanks Very Much to All.

     

    However I share a Birthday with the legend that is ACGR , I’m 71 today but think ACGR is a year or two younger.

     

    So may I be the first to wish ACGR a Happy Birthday and hope to see him posting here again soon.

  2. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Congrats Corkcelt and imminent congrats to ACGR.

     

     

    Hope for more pressies before the week is out.

  3. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Happy Birthday to ACGR too !!

     

     

    On that very man, am I right that there was an explanation of ACGR’s Blog Name at one point in time – I was always curious about that.

     

     

    Mines is obvious, of course – the Greek God that is Big Gorgeous George Samaras :-))

     

     

    Big man is still only 33 – bring him back from retirement Brendan !!!!

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  4. Hoopy Birthday to the mad Carnoustie Gowfer ACGR.

     

    BGFC: A Ceiler Gonof Rust…anagram of A Carnoustie Golfer

     

    HH

  5. Go tell the Spartim on

    The only thing I’d like Catman or Lennbhoy to confirm is that McKenna ISNT coming ever

  6. HEBCELT

     

    Glad you’re enjoying your holiday with your good lady, looking forward to seeing back in Paradise

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    FRIESDORFER on 9TH JANUARY 2019 9:09 PM

     

    Hoopy Birthday to the mad Carnoustie Gowfer ACGR.

     

    BGFC: A Ceiler Gonof Rust…anagram of A Carnoustie Golfer

     

     

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    Ahhhh – danke shon :-)))

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  8. Hopefully not McKenna or any of the Burton Albion defenders

     

     

    Happy birthday ACGR

     

     

    HH

  9. Dexter P. Bampot on

    Friend of a pal of mine knows a taxi driver who’s mate in the depot says that his fare from Glasgow Airport to Kerrydale Street this morning was Dani Alves

     

     

    #rightback

     

    #problemsolved

  10. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    Man City 9 Burton Albion 0

     

     

    The M6 closed to traffic for half the day, stranding 3000 Burton fans in the mother of all M-way traffic jams.

     

     

    Some of them made it for half time (when they were 5-0 down I think).

     

     

    One bus has just turned round to head back to Burton. A woman supporter on the bus just tweeted “Remember – It’s only half-time.”

     

     

    Hats bloody off!

  11. DEXTER P. BAMPOT on 9TH JANUARY 2019 9:56 PM

     

    Friend of a pal of mine knows a taxi driver who’s mate in the depot says that his fare from Glasgow Airport to Kerrydale Street this morning was Dani Alves

     

     

     

    #rightback

     

     

    #problemsolved

     

     

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    Never really thought he was much of a defender till I saw him and PSG school us at CP the other season.

     

     

    What the Fek do I know about fitba after all!

     

     

    🙈👏

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