The reason why Celtic's Vakoun Issouf Bayo still isn't in FIFA 19, and why it must change

France's defender Lucas Hernandez (R) vies with Ivory Coast's midfielder Vakoum Issouf Bayo (L) during the friendly international U21 football match between France and Ivory-Coast on...

Celtic snapped up Vakoun Issouf Bayo in the January transfer window.

France's defender Lucas Hernandez (R) vies with Ivory Coast's midfielder Vakoum Issouf Bayo (L) during the friendly international U21 football match between France and Ivory-Coast on...

Celtic were busy in the January transfer window, striking seven incoming deals as Brendan Rodgers bolstered his squad not just for now, but also for the future.

The Bhoys landed Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah on loan as well as striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo permanently, before a late flurry saw them sign youngsters Andrew Gutman, Manny Perez and Maryan Shved.

Right back Jeremy Toljan arrived on loan from Borussia Dortmund too, whilst Gutmand and Perez are likely to be loaned out to American clubs with Shved already back with Karpaty Lviv.

Burke, Weah and Toljan have all impressed so far, but Bayo needs a little time to get up to speed having not played in two months.

 

Celtic fans have at least been able to use Burke, Weah and Toljan on FIFA 19, and have been left wondering just when Bayo will be added to the squad – especially as Toljan signed weeks after Bayo did.

However, Celtic fans may face a wait for that for one key reason: EA cap Scottish squads at 28 players by default, despite other teams around the world often being able to hold squads into the 30's.

Celtic are currently at their full complement in FIFA terms, meaning there is no room to add Ivorian forward Bayo to the squad following his move from Dunajska Streda.

It's the same reason why Eboue Kouassi, Marvin Compper, Dorus De Vries, Jack Aitchison and Scott Allan aren't in the game either, whilst Youssouf Mulumbu and Lewis Morgan have only been re-added to the game because they've been loaned elsewhere.

General view of Celtic Park during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

That means that, unless EA change their policy, we may come to the end of FIFA 19 without Bayo in the Celtic ranks, which seems kind of ridiculous when you consider that clubs like Manchester United are able to use players nowhere near the real life first team.

The notion is that some Scottish clubs don't have budgets to compile huge squads or budgets, giving maximum player slots would present an unbalanced league, leaving Celtic and Rangers to dominate.

Yet, that's pretty much been the case in real life, so why on earth would FIFA feel that it's necessary to cap the Scottish squads to compensate? It's yet another problem with FIFA 19, and if Celtic fans are excited about seeing Bayo in the game, they may end up having to wait until FIFA 20.

A general view of  Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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