Boli Bolingoli's continued absence at Celtic seems bizarre

By David Walton

February 17, 2020

The Celtic left-back situation is in the spotlight once again after Greg Taylor’s injury at Pittodrie yesterday.

According to the Scottish Sun, Taylor is a major doubt for Thursday night’s trip to Denmark. Celtic face Copenhagen this week in the first leg of our last-32 Europa League tie, and Celtic will need their strongest XI fit and available.

If Taylor isn’t involved, it looks as though Neil Lennon feels that Jonny Hayes is the man to come in. The Irishman came on for Taylor in our 2-1 win over Aberdeen yesterday, and has managed to be a part of eight of our last nine matchday squads since the winter break ended (Transfermarkt).

Celtic’s Boli Bolingoli (Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

Yet if Taylor is out for Thursday, surely then we should be able to turn to our £3million alternative in Boli Bolingoli (The Herald).

Lennon stated last month that Boli was taking time out of the matchday squads until he finds a bit of form. (Daily Record). That’s despite the fact he already had a three-week rest after the Rangers game on December 29th.

Clyde appearance seems to be a one-off

Boli came in and played 90 minutes against Clyde last Sunday before again dropping out of matchday squads for the games against Hearts and Aberdeen over the last week.

So the question is – just how long a break does Boli need out of the squad? Is Neil effectively telling us that he isn’t as good as the manager thought he was going to be?

Hayes, as mentioned before, is always a reliable figure. But he isn’t doing anything spectacular. We shouldn’t be forced to entrusting the former Aberdeen man when Boli isn’t even injured.

Boli Bolingoli and Ryan Kent (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Lennon could do with coming out and explaining this Boli situation a bit further. How is staying out of the squad for over two-and-a-half months going to help the Belgian return to form? Is it not a case of getting him back involved so he can start building his confidence levels?

When he was first omitted from the squad at the end of January it was understandable. For him to come into proceedings only to drop out again is more concerning.

If Boli misses our last-32 clash with Copenhagen then questions have to be asked about just what’s going on there.