Boli Bolingoli comments suggest he's fit for Celtic's Lazio trip

By David Walton

November 5, 2019

The Lazio vs Celtic news ahead of Thursday night reads pretty well for the Hoops where injuries are concerned.

Outside of the £3million man Boli Bolingoli (The Herald), we have our best XI fit to face the Italians. There’s not one position outside of left-back that supporters will be fearful of. Lazio have a power of quality, but we’re going into this game as strong as we could be.

Or just about anyway. Neil Lennon claimed after the 5-2 destruction of Hibs that Boli was a doubt (Evening Times). Since then, there’s been no real update.

Boli Bolingoli came off at half-time on Saturday (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Everyone is waiting for Lenny’s pre-match press conference, which should take place tomorrow. Only then will we all have official confirmation of how the team is looking.

But Boli has had plenty to say heading into the match. He was speaking in the Daily Record this morning about Scott Brown and was also previewing the Lazio game. He didn’t exactly talk like a player who was going to be missing it either.

Seldom do Celtic send injured players in front of the media to preview matches. Boli said the following on Thursday’s match as he looked ahead to it:

“I can’t wait”

“Now let’s focus on our next game. We are doing well in every game right now, we’re playing well and scoring a lot of goals. We hope we can bring that to Rome on Thursday.

Boli is still Celtic’s first choice left-back (Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

“I’ve played in Italy before in the Europa League last season. I played against Inter Milan with Rapid Vienna.

“Lazio are also one of the biggest teams in Italy so let’s see what we can do there. It is always a nice experience to play an Italian team so I can’t wait to go back there.”

Not the words of a man who’s set to miss Thursday

These hardly sound like the words of a player who’s likely to be injured. In fact, Boli didn’t even mention his apparent hamstring knock in the interview whatsoever.

Hopefully, this means that he’s ready to play on Thursday. He continues to be our first-choice left-back despite the fact we also have Greg Taylor and Jonny Hayes in reserve.

Boli has come a long way since the stat of the season (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

If he was to miss out, it would cause Lenny a bit of a headache. Considering how little Taylor has played, it would be difficult to see past Hayes being thrown in. Our manager has always tended to have a sense of unpredictability about him, however.

But it looks as though we can be optimistic. Boli sounds as though he’ll be just fine for Thursday night. If he is, it gives us our best chance of getting a result, as Lenny will have his first-choice starting XI available.