Celtic left-back Boli Bolingoli is continuing to show fans why Neil Lennon brought him to the club.
The Belgian defender had a mighty job replacing Kieran Tierney who went to Arsenal. So far, the summer buy from Rapid Vienna is having a fantastic time. Last night’s win against Cluj at Parkhead continues his unbeaten run as a Celtic player.
Boli Bolingoli proving there is life at Celtic after Tierney
Despite an acknowledged bumpy start, Bolingoli is making the left full-back spot his own.
Even bringing in Greg Taylor from Kilmarnock in the summer as well isn’t budging Bolingoli. He knows his spot is competitive with Jonny Hayes also capable of filling in when needs be.
Bolingoli is becoming a bit of a good luck charm with The Bhoys as he hasn’t been beaten in the hoops yet. People will not want to speak too soon in saying how far this undefeated streak of his will go on for.
It is also ironic that Bolingoli missed the first Cluj home tie where the Hoops were beaten and knocked out of the Champions League.
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The worries before the kick off would be if Lennon would be mad enough to stick Callum McGregor at left-back again.
All notions of anxiousness were lifted when Bolingoli’s name was on the team sheet.
Bolingoli dealt with his opposite number exceedingly well, but what won it for him was his physical presence. He wasn’t afraid to put his body in the line or go head first into 50-50s which gave him an edge.
His attacking prowess, particularly in the first half, had the Cluj right-back on edge.
Bolingoli is also unlucky not to get a goal himself with a couple of clear shots passing him by.
The Celtic fans are happy with not just Bolingoli’s performance but the whole teams’. Let’s hope we can take that into the massive double header with Lazio which could determine the group.