Celtic have snapped up Ivorian striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo on a four-year deal from Dunajska Streda. As reported by The Herald, the goal-getter arrives for a fee in the region of £2 million.
Speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times this week, Brendan Rodgers spoke of his joy at the deal. He also suggested that Kole Toure played a role.
“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.”
The 120-cap Ivory Coast international retired from football as a Celtic player in 2017 and immediately became the club’s technical assistant.
It is not the first time that Toure has played a role in the signing of a countryman. In January 2017, whilst Kolo was still a player at Parkhead, he helped lure Eboue Kouassi to Glasgow in a £2.8 million deal from Krasnodar.
“Kolo gave me some advice, the main thing was not to hesitate, just come to Celtic, it is a great club, it is a fantastic club.
“He told me they will look after you and make you progress, make you an even better player than you are at the moment.”
With all due respect to the midfielder, Celtic fans will hope Bayo is more of a hit.
Kouassi struggled to settle into a first-team role at Celtic. In the summer, he was told he could leave, as reported by the Daily Record. Celtic could not find a buyer for the player and he stuck around. This season, he featured just four times before a knee injury ended his season in October. It is fair to say he has not been a success for Celtic so far.
Bayo will be hoping to have a more positive and lasting impact on the Celtic first-team. If he does, then Kolo Toure will no doubt deserve some credit.