Kevin Kyle totally wrong to dismiss Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli

By David Walton

February 20, 2020

Kevin Kyle this week stated that Boli Bolingoli was finished at Celtic, and it was at best a highly premature comment to make.

Boli has lost his place to Greg Taylor in the Celtic team since the winter break. Manager Neil Lennon stated at the end of January that the Belgian was being left out of the squad to try and find his form again (Daily Record).

Celtic, of course, splashed out £3millon to secure Bolingoli from Rapid Vienna in the summer (The Herald). He’s already made 28 appearances this season for the club and was our first-choice left-back between August and December (Transfermarkt).

Boli Bolingoli and Ryan Kent (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, offering his verdict on the matter, former Rangers striker Kyle stated on Open Goal that Bolingoli’s Celtic career was over.

“Boli is done. He has come in and got a bit of stick at the beginning, turned it around with a few decent performances but has been found wanting recently whenever he’s been called upon.

“Jonny Hayes is that squad player who’s been there for, what, 35 years or something? Keeps getting an extended deal every year with an option.

“The manager knows that, to a point, what he’s going to get from Hayes. Whereas with Bolingoli, he hasn’t got a scooby doo whether he’s going to turn up.”

Boli verdict totally unfair

There is no denying that Bolingoli has struggled to make the same impression he did around September time. However, just because he’s had a dip in form and lost his place in the side doesn’t mean that his time is up.

This is a player who Lennon only signed in the summer. The club has put its faith in Boli to be a first-team player for us. After spending £3m, are Celtic really going to cut ties because of one run of shaky form?

You only need to look at the player who replaced him to see that anything can happen. Greg Taylor looked out of the picture when Bolingoli was performing well with Jonny Hayes in reserve. Not many were calling for Taylor to play regularly when Boli was in good form. Yet all of a sudden, Taylor is now our first-choice after taking his chance.

(Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

Boli has already secured some impressive results whilst being in the starting XI too. Remember, he was in the team during our 2-0 win at Ibrox back in September. He also has victories over Cluj, Lazio, and AIK (x2) under his belt.

If Boli hadn’t played all season and was seeing the manager regularly rotate two players ahead of him, then it would be fair to dismiss his Parkhead chances. However, Lennon would likely be scoffing at the idea that Boli is finished here.

It shows just how little time you get to impress in football nowadays too. Hopefully, the Belgian comes back and proves the likes of Kyle wrong in the coming months.