Boli Bolingoli could make his controversial return to Celtic action tomorrow

By David Walton

July 13, 2021

There were to be no minutes for Boli Bolingoli in Wales, but he could make his controversial return to Celtic action tomorrow night.

Boli is part of the Hoops squad that went down to Newport for their pre-season training camp. However, despite being involved with the first-team, he was never actually given any minutes.

Ange Postecoglou moved to clear up any rumours when he confirmed Boli missed Saturday’s game vs Charlton due to a mild injury [Daily Record]. He stated that he hoped the injury would only keep him out for two to three days. There was no reason given for why he missed the first match against Sheffield Wednesday.

But what is certain is that Boli hasn’t been frozen out. Just him being allowed to travel with the squad to their pre-season camp was a sign of good faith from the manager.

And now it looks as though Boli could be in line to make his first Celtic appearance since his 2020 breach of public health guidelines

Boli Bolingoli looks like he’ll get his big Celtic redemption chance

The Daily Record has also reported that Bolingoli is in contention to make his first pre-season appearance along with Tom Rogic.

We spoke earlier this month about how careful Postecoglou needs to be when it comes ot integrating Boli back into things. Whether he gets another shot or not, there’s still major fan anger over his Covid breach last year.

He would have a lot of winning over to do. And even then, some fans may not ever be brought back onto his side given the poor moral nature of his decision last year.

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At some stage, it’ll have to be put behind him. An ultimately disappointing loan spell with Istanbul Basaksehir hasn’t resulted in what Celtic wanted. They refused to take up their option-to-buy clause, and now the Hoops find themselves with nothing more they can do with the left-back.

It’s down to Postecoglou as to whether Bolingoli gets his redemption chance or not. But he looks primed to face Bristol on Wednesday night in a bid to get some minutes into his legs. Especially considering he’s only second-choice left-back behind Greg Taylor.

These next few weeks could be very interesting indeed regarding the future of the Belgian.

In other news: CELTIC were linked with Yannick Bolasie in 2019; now he’s available for nothing