Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo hoping to follow in Dedryck Boyata's footsteps

By Hamish Carton

July 4, 2019

New Celtic recruit Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo says he wants to follow in the footsteps of some of his Belgian compatriots when he pulls on the green and white hoops.

The 24-year-old secured his £3million move from Rapid Vienna on Wednesday evening – signing a four-year contract with the Scottish champions.

He’s the third Belgian to play at Celtic in the last few years, following on from Jason Denayer and Dedryck Boyata. And Bolingoli-Mbombo says he wants to follow in the footsteps of the latter.

He told the official Celtic website: “Celtic have always had great players and, of course, they’ve had a number of great Belgians too. Dedryck Boyata is one of them, and I’m happy to follow in a similar path.

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“He had a positive influence on this club and hopefully I can do the same.

“I’m fast, and I use my skills and my speed on the left side. I love to play football and I enjoy my football.”

Bolingoli-Mbombo can follow in footsteps of greats

Now the 24-year-old is signed and registered as a Celtic player, Neil Lennon has a big choice to make. Bolingoli-Mbombo is unlikely to be totally up to full fitness although he had been training with Rapid prior to the move.

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He’s the only natural left-back at the club and should be seriously considered for a starting berth in Bosnia. Jonny Hayes and Andrew Gutman seem like our only two other potential options although it is not even clear if the American is eligible for the match.

The match may come too soon for Celtic’s latest Belgian but Lennon could be tempted to throw him in. He seems like the kind of guy who thrives under pressure.