Celtic boss addresses Boli Bolingoli situation after Sunday return

By David Walton

September 22, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has today confirmed that Boli Bolingoli will again make the squad to face Raith Rovers.

The Belgian made a surprising return to the starting XI out of nowhere on Sunday. After a controversial period at the club last season, Boli came back from a loan spell in Turkey and put in a decent performance in his first game under the new boss.

Even the Celtic supporters were left hailing a decent return performance from the full-back. Questions are now being asked of what the future holds for Boli in the long-term, especially with Greg Taylor out for a couple of months.

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And whilst Postecoglou avoided bigging Bolingoli up today, he did state he’ll continue to be a part of his plans.

Speaking via Celtic TV, the Hoops boss said: “In terms of his future I don’t know why he’s different from anyone else here. He’s part of the squad and part of the playing group and that’s why he was selected at the weekend.

“I haven’t decided on the starting XI for tomorrow because obviously we’ve just finished training. I want to see how everyone pulls up after last week’s game.

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“But he’ll definitely be part of the squad.”

Boli Bolingoli and the unlikely route to being a Celtic regular again

If you were to reverse back a year, nobody could’ve foreseen this. No, Bolingoli isn’t a first-choice again, but he’s back in the conversation. If you’d have suggested this 12 months ago, it’s fair to say you wouldn’t have gotten a great reaction.

However, he’s taking advantage of the second chance he’s being given at Celtic Park. By all accounts, he’s been working hard in training and waiting patiently for an opportunity. Credit to him for taking it despite the result at the weekend.

What has been interesting is that Postecoglou has seemed to hold back in being overly-praising of the Belgian. He doesn’t necessarily appear to be talking about him as if he’s going to be a regular starter.

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But even being back and part of the squad is progress for the player. Even that wouldn’t have been entertained last year.

Granted, it remains to be seen where he actually stands in the squad. When Taylor returns, you would expect him to be ahead of Boli. Celtic fans also won’t want the development of Adam Montgomery to be hindered whilst Liam Scales will need an opportunity soon also.

The next few months will be key for the Belgian as Celtic fans try to understand where he fits into Postecoglou’s plans. But for now, the last week or so has definitely seen some progress for him.

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