Celtic exile Boli Bolingoli's curious social media post during injury rehab
If you were Boli Bolingoli, how would you aim to repair your relationship with Celtic supporters?
Maybe a sly dig at the scenes at George Square? An interview showing contrition, in light of what our rivals have been up to? Even just a Tweet saying “I like Celtic Football Club” would do something. However much Bolingoli wants to be a Bhoys player is known only to him.
However, if you were going to ingratiate yourself with a support, would you pose for a picture in Dubai? That’s the action chosen by the Ivorian left-back, who captioned his latest picture: “It’s happenin’ again…”.
At the very least, it’s an interesting call to make. No question, my man is well-outfitted, taking in a sunshine-laden rest during his injury rehab. The left-back, now playing for Turkish champions İstanbul Başakşehir F.K., has served somewhat of a punishment after a controversial trip to Spain in the height of Covid panic [Glasgow Times].
That punishment involves Champions League football. Granted, the club are a lowly 16th in the Super Lig, barely treading water [BBC]. Still, there are certainly worse penances.
What does Bolingoli mean with Instagram caption?
Is it possible to take a holiday out of spite?
Whether it’s entirely coincidental or otherwise, Bolingoli has picked a fascinating destination for his little holiday. It seems unlikely that he’s shared his Instagram snap purely to wind up the hierarchy at Celtic Park. That said, it would’ve been interesting to hear his thoughts about the Bhoys’ ill-fated mid-season trip.
Granted, there’s a huge difference between an unsanctioned flit to Spain seemingly at random, and a SFA-approved jaunt to the Middle East. Even then, though, it’d make good reading if Bolingoli spoke about his feelings having been jettisoned by Celtic.
While the left-back wouldn’t have made a huge difference this season, he would’ve still played plenty. Instead, Celtic signed Diego Laxalt on loan. The Uruguayan has had endured a mixed spell in Scotland, and has played second fiddle to Greg Taylor for the majority of the season.