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Celtic striker faces fresh dilemma

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Vakoun Bayo’s future has been further complicated by a call up to the Olympics starting later this month.

The striker has a year left to run on his Celtic contract and appears reluctant to take up an offer to return to Toulouse on loan for another season.

With the Olympics taking place as domestic competitions get underway the prospects of a transfer for players heading to Japan looks to be remote.

The Daily Record reports:

Vakoun Issouf Bayo has been allowed to be called up to the Ivory Coast Olympic team — potentially putting paid to any idea of a Celtic revival.

The striker was sent on loan to Toulouse last season and managed a respectable 10-goal return from 30 appearances in Ligue 2.

Toulouse did have an option to buy the 24-year-old, but declined to exercise it as it remains too expensive while the club are stuck in the second tier.

That made fans wonder if he still had a part to play in green and white but his inclusion in the squad for Tokyo 2020 makes it seem unlikely he’ll be playing a significant role at Parkhead, at least not in the near future.

Bayo has only made one first team start for Celtic since his January 2019 transfer from Dunajska Streda with neither Neil Lennon or Brendan Rodgers appearing keen to use the striker.

Like most areas of the team Ange Postecoglou is short on striking options. Leigh Griffiths has signed up for a year despite being unable to complete a full match last season, Odsonne Edouard is likely to move on with Albian Ajeti failing to make much impact following his July 2020 transfer from West Ham.

CLICK HERE for Bayo’s Transfermarkt profile.

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