Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli made his debut for Istanbul Basaksehir in a massive Turkish Super Lig match against Galatasary yesterday.
The shamed Hoops left-back, with Istanbul on loan for the season, was given the second 45 minutes to impress after signing for the Turkish side last Sunday.
However, things didn’t go as planned. Galatasaray, already 1-0 up when Boli came on, ended up doubling their advantage late on as they strolled to three points against Boli’s new club.
The on-loan Celtic man was given a rank of 6.16 out of 10 for his performance, and managed 41 touches of the ball according to Who Scored. Impressively, however, he managed a passing percentage total of 96.3% – the highest of all of Istanbul’s players.
Boli wasn’t directly at fault for Galatasaray’s second goal either. On an individual level, he’ll be satisfied with his own performance.
A reputation-building exercise
Boli’s spell in Turkey must be looked at as a chance to get his career back on the right track after his secret jaunt to Spain and subsequent failure to quarantine destroyed his Parkhead reputation.
But he’ll also want to be competing for silverware with his new club too. If he’s to have any chance of coming back to Glasgow and staking a claim for his place in the long-term, he needs to keep his winning mentality.
Istanbul currently sit bottom of the league, and of course have an option to buy when it comes to Boli too. However, there have only been two games played as Galatasaray top the Super Lig rankings with six points out of six.
For Belgian left-back Boli, he must focus on whatever positives he can take from his own performance. That he seemed to settle into the game so quickly is a plus, as is the fact he was tidy on the ball and didn’t appear to give much away with his distribution.
It’ll be extremely interesting to see how this loan spell pans out over the course of the season. The player could really do with a successful campaign to put the rest of the nonsense behind him.
Next up for Boli and Istanbul is a trip to Fatih Karagumruk on Friday night as they finally attempt to get their first league win of the season.