Tam McManus feels that Boli Bolingoli can't play for Celtic at Ibrox

By John Reid

August 30, 2019

BBC and PLZ Soccer pundit Tam McManus feels that a recent Celtic signing should not be selected for the Hoops’ upcoming Glasgow derby against Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday.

He believes that Neil Lennon should not select Boli Bolingoli in the starting line-up for the game. McManus feels that playing Bolingoli at Ibrox could play into Rangers’ hands.

“Get after him all day”

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“Critical Celtic get in a proper defensive minded left back before the window closes. If he plays on Sunday no doubt Rangers will get after him all day long much like they did with Lustig” McManus said on Twitter, regarding Bolingoli.

Mikael Lustig was poor for the Hoops in both of their visits to Ibrox last season.

Is McManus being harsh on Bolingoli? Probably. It should be remembered that he has yet to play in a losing side for the Hoops.

Yet to turn in a consistent performance

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However, he has yet to really turn in a consistent performance for the Hoops since joining the club. The ideal time to do so would be against Rangers in the derby.

Bolingoli didn’t start the 4-3 loss to Cluj which saw the Hoops exit the Champions League. That was a mistake by Neil Lennon. Playing Callum McGregor in his place didn’t work out at all.

At least if Bolingoli starts at Ibrox, McGregor can play in his natural position in the middle of the park. That has to be a bonus for Celtic.

This will probably be Bolingoli’s biggest game yet for Celtic. If he helps the Hoops to a notable victory, all his early season