Ange Postecoglou discusses Boli Bolingoli situation at Celtic; clears up Saturday absence

By John McGinley

July 11, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has insisted as long as Boli Bolingoli is at Celtic and wants opportunities, he will get them.

Bolingoli was a surprise inclusion in the manager’s training camp squad that travelled to Wales.

The former Rapid Vienna man was bombed out by Neil Lennon and the club last season after breaching pandemic protocols. He travelled to Spain without permission before returning to play in a match.

The left-back made the switch to Istanbul Basaksehir where he experienced the highs of Champions League football but also the lows of a long-term injury.

Now he’s apparently buzzing to be back at Celtic, if his Instagram is anything to go by.

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However, he was absent from the match against Charlton Athletic yesterday, which led to a bit of speculation he doesn’t really have a future at the Bhoys.

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Postecoglou has cleared that up, revealing he was suffering from a mild injury.

As quoted by The Daily Record, the Celtic boss said: “We are hoping it won’t keep him out for too long, maybe two or three days.

“While they are here they have all got a future. I can’t control who wants to stay and who wants to leave. If people don’t want to stay, that’s fine.

“But anyone who is here at the moment, I will treat them as part of the group and give everyone an opportunity to be part of where we are heading.”

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Boli Bolingoli still has to convince at Celtic to have a future

So, it looks like either in pre-season or a competitive match we will see Bolingoli back in a Celtic shirt. At one point last season, that seemed unthinkable.

However, tensions have subsided, we’re coming out of the other end of the pandemic, there’s a new regime in place and it doesn’t make sense to continue to punish Bolingoli.

Even if he isn’t staying all season, getting him up to fitness and into some sort of form could help convince a buying club to take a bite before the transfer window shuts.

Whether he can compete with Greg Taylor and Adam Montgomery for a starting spot in Postecoglou’s plans is another matter. For me, the smart money is on young Montgomery flourishing as the season goes on.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou’s Karamoko Dembele comments are promising.