Celtic fans may not be entirely sure how to pronounce their recent signing Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo’s name. Nor will they know how the Belgian would prefer to be known.
One thing they will be sure of, however, is that the 24-year-old is going to get on the goal trail this season.
Bolingoli may only be getting to grips with his new surroundings but it’s already clear that he’s only a left-back by name. The youngster spent a considerable amount of time in the attacking final third during the Hoops’ 2-1 victory over Sarajevo on Wednesday night.
Verdict on Bolingoli-Mbombo’s Celtic Park debut
He looked rusty in the early stages as is to be expected on his home debut. However, after that Bolingoli settled in to the game and was perhaps unfortunate not to register his first strike for the club on three separate occasions.
One notable observation from his play is that he doesn’t just follow traditional full-back code. Bolingoli was more than happy to make runs inside the pitch, leaving more space for his wing partner to isolate the opposing full-back.
The underlap is just as important as the overlap in modern football and Bolingoli seems to utilise both well. It’s been an encouraging start for the Belgian without him doing anything spectacular.
Celtic fans will be keen to see what else he can offer in the coming weeks.