Boli Bolingoli's injury proves to be short-term; Celtic man caught up in Euro storm

By David Walton

December 9, 2020

Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli returned from his worrying-looking injury last week only to be caught up in a controversial Euro storm last night.

Bolingoli is currently spending the season on loan with Turkish Champions League club Istanbul Basaksehir. Their Champions League run is now over and will play a dead-rubber against PSG tonight in Paris.

The game was supposed to take place last night, with Boli named on the bench after picking up a nasty knock against Leipzig last week. It looked to be a knee injury that kept him out of Saturday’s game against Malatyaspor too.

However, despite being back on the bench in Paris, the game lasted only 14 minutes before both sets of players walked off the pitch. This was reportedly down to a racist insult from fourth official Sebastian Coltescu towards Istanbul assistant coach Pierre Webo (BBC).

The game has been rescheduled for this evening with a new fourth official. It was an incident that forced UEFA into action last night as they produced a statement acknowledging the situation.

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Boli certainly having an eventful time of it

It’s certainly becoming an eventful campaign for Boli in Turkey. He’s been in and out of the side this season, making a total of 11 appearances for the club. However, he had started all of Istanbul’s previous five Europa League matches.

The Belgian full-back was part of the Basaksehir side that managed to topple Manchester United in Istanbul back on matchday three in a historic 2-1 success. However, his side will ultimately finish bottom of the group in any case.

Since breaching Scotland’s quarantine rules, Boli has been anything but punished by being sent to Istanbul. He’s managed to compete in a Champions League campaign against the likes of PSG, Man Utd and Leipzig whilst getting regular minutes under his belt – something he may not have gotten at Parkhead.

Celtic-owned Boli Bolingoli picked up an injury last week (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Neil Lennon stated after Boli left the club that he would continue to “keep an eye on his progress”, whilst confirming there was an option to buy included (The Herald). However, it’s anyone’s guess as to what that means for his future.

Even though he’s making a decent impact in Turkey and getting the regular football he’s after, it’s still difficult to see Boli playing football in Scotland again. Given his rule breaches back in August, this just isn’t an environment for him to operate in anymore.

At this stage, you wouldn’t bet against Istanbul from taking up their option to buy him outright.

In other news, a Celtic man was locked in negotiations last month, but there’s still a lack of clarity on his long-term future.