Istanbul Basaksehir confirm they won't be signing Boli Bolingoli from Celtic permanently

By David Walton

June 16, 2021

Turkish outfit Istanbul Basaksehir have today confirmed that they won’t be signing Boli Bolingoli from Celtic on a permanent basis.

Boli spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan in Turkey after shaming himself by breaching Covid laws in Scotland. Things started off well for the Belgian, as he proved to be a regular during Istanbul’s Champions League run. However, after suffering a knee injury and having to undergo surgery, he would end the campaign with only 19 appearances to his name [Transfermarkt].

The man Celtic signed for £3m in the summer of 2019 is now at a crossroads [Glasgow Times]. Istanbul thanked Boli for his contribution, but today confirmed they won’t be triggering their option-to-buy clause. It’s unclear how much they would’ve needed to splash out on the left-back.

Celtic currently have two left-backs in their ranks at the moment, with Boli rejoining Greg Taylor. An upgrade in the position is needed, and preferably before next month’s UEFA Champions League qualifiers.

It remains to be seen what the Hoops decide to do with the Belgian as he returns to the squad.

Istanbul Basaksehir make unsurprising decision; Boli Bolingoli Celtic career full of uncertainty

Normally, a new manager would represent an opportunity for a player like Boli to make his mark once again. To show what he can do and prove to the club that he was worth the figure splashed out on him.

But there’s absolutely no appetite amongst the Celtic support to see a renaissance from the left-back. The Hoops fans are still left feeling betrayed and infuriated by his actions last year. It was a public health risk combined with the damage it did to our season.

The fact Celtic initially inserted an option-to-buy clause was telling too. They clearly wanted Boli to perform on a weekly basis in Turkey and persuade Istanbul to trigger the agreement. That unfortunately isn’t the case.

Boli Bolingoli in action for Istanbul (Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Postecoglou will be well briefed on what Bolingoli did last season. He’ll know all about the current fan perception on him, and it should lead the new boss to sending him back out the door.

His knee injury will make it difficult to get a club to pay a substantial amount on him. Had he managed to remain injury-free in Turkey, things would’ve gone a lot smoother for all parties.

Bolingoli has yet to come out and hint at what he feels is next for him. It would be interesting to know whether he has any real motivation to try and rebuild his reputation. However, even if he does, it’s a decision that should be taken out of his hands. Celtic can’t keep him around – the fans simply won’t stand for it.

In other news, Erik Sviatchenko to Celtic is no disaster, but the fans are right to ask questions.