Celtic loanee Boli Bolingoli posts Insta message after injury hell

By David Walton

April 26, 2021

Celtic loanee Boli Bolingoli has published on Instagram after officially ending his four-month injury hell.

The Belgian finally made a return to action for loan club Istanbul Basaksehir in yesterday’s league clash against Alanyaspor. Boli had been out for four months after being taken off against PSG in December.

It turned out that the left-back, who will return to Parkhead in the summer, had picked up a nasty knee injury. It was particularly frustrating at the time given that Boli had managed to feature in 13 games during the first half of the season for his new club [Transfermarkt].

But after returning to training last week, Boli has finally completed his comeback. Returning for the final 14 minutes of yesterday’s 0-0 stalemate, he published the following on Instagram:

A Celtic future may not be out of the equation for Boli Bolingoli

It looked as though Boli was done and dusted at Parkhead when he breached Covid guidelines in August. It was taken with such shock and outrage that his profile and reputation were damaged to what seemed an irreparable degree.

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But since then, we’ve seen plenty of Covid breaches go largely unpunished. Rangers’ Covid Five were given six-match bans for attending a house party despite there being clear lockdown restrictions in place.

However, it was nowhere as severe as how Boli was treated for his breach, And now, as he continues his return to action with Istanbul, he needs to ensure all of his attention is on finishing the season strongly.

Celtic exile Bolingoli / (Photo by Kate Green/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Celtic will have a shortage at left-back when the Belgian comes back. Diego Laxalt will be heading back to AC Milan, making Greg Taylor our only reliable option for the position.

Of course, it remains to be seen what plans the new manager has for a left-back. But Boli will be firmly in the picture after he returns from Istanbul. If he can impress in pre-season, there’s no reason to believe he isn’t in with a chance of a Parkhead reprieve.

Then again, he’ll need to show a major improvement from what we seen of him during his first year at the club. For now? It’s good to see him back playing again.

In other news, the Celtic fans have been left unconcerned by yesterday’s worrying report.