Celtic loanee Boli Bolingoli stepping up training return after 4 month absence

By John McGinley

April 16, 2021

Celtic loanee Boli Bolingoli is feeling positive about training after a near four-month absence at Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.

The left wing-back went off injured during a Champions League group stage match against Paris Saint-Germain in December.

He eventually required surgery for the injury, ruling him out of action since.

The prognosis for him making it back in time for the end of the season wasn’t good.

However, two weeks ago he posted an update on Instagram of him taking part in solo training as part of his rehabilitation. It looked to be running exercises only.

More encouragingly, he updated his Instagram stories yesterday, showing off pictures of taking part in some ball work.

That obviously means his recovery is going well.

Bolingoli may not be the most popular man in Glasgow but it’s still important for Celtic he returns to full fitness, with no setbacks, in a timely fashion.

His contract doesn’t expire until 2023 at Celtic. Obviously, given what went on last autumn, he’s unlikely to have a future with the Bhoys.

Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, if we want to sell him permanently, he can’t be carrying any nasty long-term injuries.

Istanbul loaned him for the entire season and hold an option-to-buy on the player. Given he has stayed at the club to get treatment, the signs are looking good they will bite on that option.

Six of his 12 appearances for the club have come in the Champions League, so he’s obviously rated as a prime first-team pick when fit. [Transfermarkt]

In other news, Celtic winger James Forrest is facing a late battle to be fit for this weekend’s Rangers clash.