Celtic signing Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo has some history with Rangers

By David Walton

July 4, 2019

Boli Boingoli-Mbombo’s history with Celtic’s rivals Rangers saw a brilliant run-in with Alfredo Morelos.

The pair met in last season’s Europa League group stages. It was the Austrians who knocked out the Ibrox side from the groups with a matchday six win over Steven Gerrard’s side.  The 1-0 win in Austria also came after Rangers had beaten Vienna 3-1 at Ibrox on matchday two.

Mbombo only played 18 minutes of the Ibrox loss, but played the full 90 in the win in Austria. Those two matches were part of a fine 42-game run last season. Vienna would go on to the last-32 at Rangers’ expense, only to then be knocked out by Inter Milan 5-0 on aggregate.

Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo has European experience (Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

But images of the meeting in Austria have surfaced on Twitter. The main moment being a particular “collision” with Ibrox striker Morelos. You can view the incident for yourself below.


The game was broadcast live on BT Sport back in December. Ally McCoist would hilariously try to say “that could be a red card” during the incident. He blatantly ignored the fact that Morelos goes to ground like a sack of spuds.

Mbombo put in a decent enough if not a standout performance in that contest. He did have noticeable pace, and always looked to get deliveries into the box. We spoke to an Austrian football expert about what kind of talents he’ll bring to the Celtic side.

Hopefully, Mbombo doesn’t try that same move on Morelos this season in the first Glasgow derby. Ibrox would be in total uproar at such an assault on their striker. Mbombo would also probably get a red card for it up here too.

Boli Bolingoli-Bombo’s history isn’t trophy-laden

In terms of his career achievements, he’s only won two major tournaments in his career. Mbombo managed to take the Belgian title in 2015 as well as the Belgian Cup in 2016 with Club Brugge. He failed to continue that success in his two-year spell with Rapid. Despite racking up 73 appearances, the Austrian side never came close to title success.

Mbombo will want to add more title success to his CV (Thomas Pichler/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Mbombo also has such an impressive disciplinary record too. He’s only been sent off once in 158 appearances throughout his career. He’s also only picked up 21 yellow cards. For a full-back, that’s a fine total to have at this stage of his career (Transfermarkt).

The sooner we see him up close and personal for ourselves the better. But Mbombo does look a promising signing in any case. Another brutal assault on Morelos, however, may need to be avoided…