Celtic left-back Boli Bolingoli wants his teammates to do their talking on the pitch and show critics of the Hoops’ style that they are winners, The Scottish Sun report.
Former Romanian international Dorin Goian bizarrely claimed to the paper last week that CFR Cluj have nothing to fear from Celtic. He reckoned Neil Lennon’s team are ‘long ball’ merchants who struggle to break down organised defences.
It was a pretty strange outburst, but Bolingoli is ready for Celtic to show everyone what they’re made of.
When the comments were put to him, he told The Scottish Sun: “Maybe they don’t see a lot of our games, but people can say what they want. We will show them on the pitch.
“We are happy to be in the next round as it is so important for us to make the Champions League. The early signs have been good and we’re on the right way to doing that.”
Bolingoli is settling in to life at Celtic well. You get the impression he is just slowly warming up to his full capabilities as an attacking full-back.
Perhaps too eager to impress initially, Lennon is now bringing a bit more discipline to his game. However it’s still clear that the former Rapid Vienna man won’t be shy in supporting attacks.
First impressions suggest we really have viable back-up for Kieran Tierney, or a replacement if he goes.
As for Celtic’s critics? Anyone who watched the 90 minutes against St Johnstone will have surely seen a side at its attacking and fluid best. There’s no concern about the style of Lennon’s Hoops side right now.
There were admittedly some frustrating performances towards the end of last season. Now with a summer of preparation, the manager has his boys firing on all cylinders.
Whether we can maintain that against better European opposition remains to be seen.
Though as Bolingoli notes, the signs are positive.