After suffering a season ending injury not long after signing for Celtic during the January transfer window, Vakoun Bayo is looking to bounce back and repay the faith that manager Neil Lennon has shown him since the Northern Irishman took over at the club.
Speaking to the official Celtic website from the club’s training camp in Austria, Bayo said: “I’m really happy to be here on my first pre-season tour with Celtic. It’s very warm here in Austria, but that’s nothing new for me because I’m from Africa. Our training programmes have been challenging, but I feel good for it and I’ve enjoyed everything so far.
“I picked up an injury not long after singing for Celtic back in January, but now it’s better and I’m fully fit and ready to go. It’s great to be back on the training pitch, and now I can’t wait to get playing.
“The manager has said to me on a few occasions that I’ve performed well at training. He told me that I’ve did very well, and that, of course, makes me very, very happy. It’s great for my confidence and I hope to repay him with good performances when it comes to matchday.”
With preparations for Celtic’s season kicking off against FK Sarajevo in just over a week’s time, the Ivory Coast striker will be looking to make a good enough impact in the club’s two remaining friendlies in Austria and prove his worth.
And with the arrival of Christopher Jullien from Toulouse, Bayo is pleased that there is another face among the French Connection at Celtic Park.
Bayo added: “I don’t know when my first game will be here on the summer training camp, it might be Saturday or Tuesday. I also don’t know if I’ll start, but no matter what, I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t wait to get out there and get myself off the mark on the goal front.
“Christopher Jullien coming in, from a personal perspective, is great for me in that it’s another French player in the dressing room. I love the Glasgow accent, but it’s so fast. Sometimes I’m not sure what Scott Brown, for example, is saying, but I try my best. But Scott is a great, great player and is so good with everyone away from the pitch too.”