£3m Lennon signing's Celtic career looks all but over after fresh transfer report

By David Walton

November 30, 2021

With the news emerging that Celtic appear to be on the verge of signing Reo Hatate in January, it’s fair to say that Boli Bolingoli’s Celtic career is all but over.

The Belgian, signed for £3m by Neil Lennon in the summer of 2019 [The Herald], is already bottom of the Parkhead food chain. Behind Josip Juranovic, Greg Taylor, and Liam Scales in the pecking order, Boli has only played twice all season.

The left-back hasn’t featured in any of the last 5 Premiership matchday squads either, showing just how little Ange Postecoglou appears to think of him.

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The Daily Record believes that Celtic are bringing in Hatate to solve the club’s left-back issue. Whilst that will, in theory, allow Juranovic to challenge for the left-back spot, the Croatian will still be ahead of Boli when if it came down to an emergency.

That means that as many as 4 players could be ahead of the former Rapid Vienna defender come the new year. That’s an outrageous amount of competition and is, if we’re being serious about it, the end of his Celtic career.

If Postecoglou hasn’t been giving him the opportunity to shine by now, it’s clear what he thinks of him. That Boli isn’t already viewed by the manager as the left-back solution is fairly damning.

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Boli Bolingoli has next to no chance of a Celtic career reprieve

It would be fine if Boli had a designated role in this Celtic squad, or perhaps an excuse as to why he’s so seldom used. After all, take a look at his positional rivals and they all seem to have either one of these things.

For example, Juranovic is a clear first-choice. Taylor, meanwhile, is the first-reserve and clearly rated by Postecoglou. Scales is a touch different in that he hasn’t long arrived and has taken a major step-up from the League of Ireland. But he has an excuse, Boli simply doesn’t.

For the Belgian is now 26 years of age and more experienced than the vast majority of his left-back rivals. Yet despite that, he can still barely get a look-in even though he’s clearly fully fit and available for selection

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So if Hatate signs up then it’s time to get real with Boli. This doesn’t even have anything to do with his Covid breach last season. That’s long been forgotten about and everyone has moved on from it. This is to do with his squad role.

The situation can’t be particularly nice for the player either. Boli will want to be playing regular football at this stage of his career. He’s long since past the stage where a position like this is satisfying or gratifying for him.

If there are interested parties in January, that will be their time to step up and make an offer. We have a huge window ahead of us, and getting rid of the deadwood is imperative to that. Unfortunately, Boli falls into that category.

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