Boli Bolingoli and Conor Hazard's time at Celtic is now surely up

By David Walton

September 7, 2021

There were plenty of positives looking at Celtic’s new Europa League squad yesterday, but the big losers had to be Boli Bolingoli and Conor Hazard.

Ultimately, there were always going to be sacrifices. We had to make some room for the new additions that arrived after the playoff win against AZ Alkmaar.

Liam Scales and Josip Juranovic needed spots in the side. Deadline day signings Cameron Carter-Vickers, Giorgos Giakoumakis, and Jota also had to be included for the group stage squad.

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However, two players had to drop out after Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie, and Leigh Griffiths were all removed after leaving the club.

But for Hazard and Boli, who both still remain at Parkhead, this is the decision that shows exactly how they’re thought of by Ange Postecoglou. The decision that means they have no long-term future at Celtic and that both need to leave in the January transfer window.

Not including either shows the manager simply doesn’t feel he can trust them. That he believes there are a plethora of options available as opposed to the pair. The scale of the blow to both players is colossal with regards to their Parkhead careers.

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Boli Bolingoli and Conor Hazard need to get out of Celtic Park ASAP

Boli, perhaps the most experienced left-back at the club, is now being effectively deemed as the fourth choice. Greg Taylor, Scales, and Adam Montgomery have all been chosen in the squad ahead of him.

Hazard’s situation isn’t much better. He’s behind Joe Hart, Vasilis Barkas, and Scott Bain in the pecking order. The fact he’s been deemed expendable from the squad shows Postecoglou has no signs of giving him any action this season.

It was difficult to see where both men were at in the manager’s thinking before the squad release. But neither man had been given a single minute of competitive action despite being available all summer.

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Yet it was unusual to see that neither man left the club in the transfer window. You would’ve imagined that there would’ve been plenty of suitors for both given their experience and reputation. For all of the criticism either man has received in their Celtic careers, they’re still talented footballers.

This January, however, expect both to be out the door. Not being selected in the Europa League squad might as well have been the manager telling them they’re no longer required.

Hazard and Boli’s Celtic careers are over. All we’re really waiting on now is the official word. Hopefully, that arrives in the winter window.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou’s superb promise to the Celtic youth players