Celtic left-back Boli Bolingoli will be playing in a dream Champions League campaign whilst the Hoops ply their trade in the Europa League.
Boli, who was booted out to Istanbul Basaksehir of Turkey after breaching public health guidelines, is currently spending a season-long loan away from Parkhead.
Celtic last night qualified for the Europa League group stages after overcoming Sarajevo in the play-off round. However, earlier that same day, Boli was dreaming of lining up at Old Trafford and the Parc de Princes in Europe’s premier club competition.
That’s because his Istanbul side have been drawn Manchester United, PSG, and RB Leipzig respectively.
So far this season, Boli has only played 45 minutes of a possible 270 during his time in Turkey. Therefore, there’s no guarantee he’ll be in the starting XI for the glamour ties.
Neil Lennon will be keeping tabs on Boli’s progress
Boli was Celtic’s first-choice left-back during the first six months of last season. However, he was clearly lacking in quality and ended up losing his spot to Greg Taylor since the start of 2020.
But it’ll be interesting to see whether the Belgian will be able to raise his game for these incredible fixtures coming up. After all, he’s only played three Champions League games throughout his career. It’s a massive step-up for him.
It’s worth noting how well Boli adapts to games against the likes of PSG and Manchester United too. If he impresses, then it may give the manager something to think about.
Granted, it’ll still be difficult to ever shrug off what he did during his time here. His actions cost us the postponement of two matches and put us on the back-foot in the title-race. Only an incredible effort from Lennon’s men have turned things around.
There’s an irony about the fact he’s effectively been sent away only to be given the gift of Champions League football. Doesn’t exactly seem a fair punishment, does it?
But regardless, let’s see how he handles what will be the elite of football running at him. Hopefully he plays, and hopefully he shows himself up well too.