Celtic full-back Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo has taken responsibility for the mistake that led to Sarajevo’s goal at Celtic Park on Wednesday.
The Belgian played the entire 90 minutes as Neil Lennon’s side beat the Bosnian champions 2-1 to seal their place in the second round of Champions League qualifying.
Bolingoli was good for the most part, although it was his sloppy pass that paved the way for Benjamin Tatar’s away goal. And the summer recruit wasn’t for shirking the issue following the match.
“The goal was my fault”, he told the Evening Express. “That can always happen but we have to avoid these kind of mistakes at the back. I am happy that my team-mates helped me and we got the win.
“I am still learning. In my youth I was an offensive player and I am still learning my defensive parts. I know that I still need to progress in my defensive part but I have to do better. I’m a left-back so the first thing is defending.
“My offensive qualities I have already so I have to become a better defensive player.
“I think the tactics are perfect for me because I’m an offensive player and Celtic play offensively, they like to have the ball. In future it will be even better.”
Celtic have an energetic player in Bolingoli-Mbombo
Bolingoli has looked decent enough in his first two Celtic appearances but it seems there’s lots more to come. You get the impression that he just needs to take a deep breath and think about what he’s doing at times.
He clearly had bags of pace and energy but maybe he could channel it slightly better. A lot of that may come from early nerves though.
It can’t be easy making your home debut in front of around 50,000 supporters so he’ll hopefully be better for the experience. He’s likely to get plenty of game time over the coming weeks so hopefully he can really find his groove and settle into his new surroundings.
The early signs are promising though. There’s no doubt of that.