Celtic left-back Boli Bolingoli featured as the Hoops got their Europa League group stage campaign off to a good start with a 1-1 draw against Rennes.
Ahead of next week’s second group stage match against Cluj, the player has identified what the Hoops need to do to make an impact in the competition.
Performing well in defence is the key, according to the £3 million signing from Rapid Vienna.
“Positive we can do something”
“It depends on the team and how well they can do it in the Europa League campaign. If we continue to work like this and perform even better defensively then I’m positive we can do something in the Europa League.” he said, as reported by BBC Sport.
Bolingoli has overcome an indifferent start to his Hoops career to turn in some sold defensive performances. Indeed, he played well in the draw against Rennes.
Interestingly, he didn’t feature when the Hoops lost 4-3 to Cluj earlier in the season. Perhaps if he had played in that game, the Hoops wouldn’t have been knocked out of the Champions League.
Defence must keep improving
Overall though, what Bolingoli says is correct. The Hoops need to make sure their defence gets better over the course of the group stages. For example, there can be no repeat of the poor defending which cost the Hoops against Cluj.
Thankfully, the Hoops defence does seem to have improved since then. However, it will still need to be in good form against Cluj and Lazio. Should that be the case, the Hoops will have a real chance of reaching the last 32 of the competition.