VAKOUN BAYO has told Celtic supporters he’s playing the long game when it comes to being a more prominent fixture in Celtic’s first team.

The striker came in during last seasons January transfer window and after getting up to full fitness he suffered an injury leaving him on the sidelines the rest of the campaign. This season he’s played a few matches and he’s done well.

The striker was thrown in against Livingston when the bhoys were already down 2-0 and couldn’t make an impact. At this stage in his Celtic development it’s difficult to send the lad on under those circumstances.

Bayo currently sits behind Edouard and a fully fit Leigh Griffiths in the pecking order but he genuinely gives Celtic something different.

He’s a handful for defenders and has pace to burn – it’s all about channeling the aggression he has and turning it into goals.

“Odsonne is the No 1 striker and I know I have to work very hard if I want to play as the first striker.” Bayo told SunSport.

“That will take time, just like it did with Odsonne. He also had to be patient to get his opportunities when he first arrived at Celtic.

“I know my time will come. I can see the progress I’ve made and that gives me hope.

“It’s not going to be just handed to me. I need to work hard every day in training to show the manager that I can make a difference in the team and score goals.

“The competition drives us all and I am enjoying the challenge here because it is a great club.”

Celtic head back to SPFL action on Saturday against Ross County with the bhoys looking to hit the top of the table.

Bayo will likely be on the bench for The Hoops and could get his chance later in the game depending on the situation.

Leigh Griffiths has also been training hard to try and take his claim for a place in the side.