Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo has touched on the one thing he hasn’t enjoyed in Scotland – the Scottish weather!
It was a ropey first two months for the Belgian at Celtic Park. He arrived from Rapid Vienna in the summer for a reported £3million (Scottish Sun). However, after such an outlay, he initially struggled to look confident or composed when on the pitch.
Yet, everyone is now hoping that last Sunday’s 2-0 victory at Ibrox can spring him to success. Whether it proves to be the confidence-booster he needs remains to be seen. But there’s no denying it was a fine performance.
But even though he had a struggling start, it’s not the most frustrating aspect of his time in Scotland so far. Speaking to Celtic’s official media channels, here’s what the left-back had to say:
“So much has happened in such a short period of time so this past week has been good to reflect on all the change. I am getting to know the city better and I’m really enjoying Glasgow.
“The weather is not as enjoyable, though. Here it doesn’t really feel like summer with all this rain. In Austria you had the difference between summer and winter. In the winter it was really cold and in the summer it was really hot.
“I’m staying in the West End of Glasgow. I spent the first three weeks in a hotel and then the club helped me find a place, so I’m feeling settled now. Three weeks in a hotel is quite long so I’m enjoying having my own flat now.”
Will the real Bolingoli stand up?
Boli clearly knows he has a point to prove, and that should stand him in good stead at Parkhead. For the performance at Ibrox wasn’t just important in terms of points.
For example, think of how much Boli will have been able to enjoy settling into Glasgow these last couple of weeks. He wasn’t on international duty, so he’s had time to settle in without the stress of continuous football. The victory will surely have eased any stress he may have had over his struggling start to life at Parkhead.
Most importantly of all, however, he’s endeared himself to the supporters after Ibrox. That was the result and individual display he needed to get everyone onside. That match, combined with his performances against AIK too, have seriously given him a platform to build on.
And the signing of Greg Taylor will also surely keep Boli on his toes. As it stands, he can’t afford to have a similar dip like he had at the start of the season. If he does, a quality replacement is there to try and take his place.
Competition in that position hasn’t been as fierce for a long time. Kieran Tierney made it his own for several years. The likes of Emilio Izaguirre and Jonny Hayes, meanwhile, were never good enough to seriously put him under pressure.
We now have that luxury with regards to the Boli vs Taylor battle. And even if the rain hasn’t been enjoyable for Boli, he’ll certainly be pleased with the love he’s had from the fans after Ibrox.