Celtic manager Neil Lennon surprised everyone today as Boli Bolingoli’s return took place out of nowhere.

The Hoops boss had been telling us all week how the left-back was likely going to be injured (Daily Record). It was apparently looking likely that Greg Taylor was going to be in contention. However, instead, Boli played the full 90 minutes against Kilmarnock today.

The Belgian also didn’t show any signs of weakness in the contest either. What makes it even more of a surprise is that Lennon even threw into question whether he would play at Partick Thistle on Wednesday night too.


Boli picked up a knock in France (Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

To be fair, he might not, but it won’t be because of an injury knock anyway. Boli could do with a break this midweek ahead of some massive games ahead.

Lennon has Taylor in his ranks should he deem him ready to make his debut. Considering the standard of competition this week in managerless Partick, it looks the ideal time to play him.

Neil Lennon proves once again that he always has something up his sleeve

This isn’t the first time Lenny has surprised us with his starting XI. He has an ability to produce something unexpected out of nowhere.

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It’s difficult to say that it was mind-games. You have to wonder whether they would be really necessary at home to Kilmarnock. But it remains a boost to have Boli available.

Boli is continuing to grow nicely in green-and-white (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Against Killie, the left-back was once again up and down the left flank. There were no signs of the knock that forced him off in Rennes on Thursday night.

Interestingly, Lennon also decided to bring on Jonny Hayes over Taylor this afternoon too. The game was going well at 3-1, but Lenny once again denied the former Killie man his debut. It shows the depth we’re starting to have at left-back.

Greg Taylor is ready to make his Celtic debut (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was looking like a problem position when Kieran Tierney departed. But when you consider the recent improvement in Boli combined with the signing of Taylor, we’re in a good place at this stage.

And with the Belgian back fit once again out of nowhere, the battle for left-back can now heat up nicely.


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