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Celtic had a disaster with Vakoun Bayo

There will no doubt be some at Celtic left somewhat frustrated to see former Hoops striker Vakoun Bayo beginning to shine in his post-Parkhead career, with the Ivory Coast international having been largely on the periphery during his brief stint in Glasgow.

In truth, there is an argument to make that the explosive forward was simply not handed a chance to impress while with the Premiership club, with the Hoops no doubt potentially regretting their decision not to hand him a more prominent role.

The twice-capped Ivorian appears to have sparkled at every club other than the Old Firm outfit in his career so far, having made the switch to Scotland in January 2019 after bagging 22 goals and recording nine assists in just 32 games for Slovakian side Dunajska Streda.

Perhaps not aided by the departure of Brendan Rodgers, the 6 foot marksman went on to make just 16 outings under the management of Neil Lennon, with his only goals coming in domestic cup competitions.

In total, the “powerful” asset – as dubbed by ex-Hoops striker Chris Sutton – scored just twice in 17 appearances in all competitions during that disappointing 18-month stint, before subsequently joining Toulouse on loan in the summer of 2020.

His impressive haul of 13 goals for the French outfit ultimately sparked a £1.4m move to Belgian side Gent last summer, with Celtic losing out financially on their initial £2m investment.

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A subsequent loan move to Charleroi in the winter proved particularly profitable for the centre-forward as he scored 11 goals in just 16 league appearances, showcasing what he can do when handed a consistent run of games.

That form unsurprisingly prompted attention from elsewhere and he was snapped up by English Championship side Watford in the summer transfer window, with the Hornets forking out £5m for his services as a marker of his talent.

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Although it is early days in his time at the Hornets, the £2.88m-rated marksman has already caught the eye in England’s second tier with two goals in just seven games so far, scoring a stunning volley in the recent draw against Rotherham.

The 25-year-old looks set to enjoy a fine season at Vicarage Road if that early evidence is anything to go by, with those back in Glasgow perhaps scratching their heads as to why they failed to hand a proper chance to a player who now has 50 club career goals in just 126 appearances.

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