Odsonne Edouard and Karamoko Dembele react to Boli Bolingoli's Celtic Insta post
Boli Bolingoli produced a morale-boosting Instagram post after Celtic overcame Motherwell yesterday, with Karamoko Dembele and Odsonne Edouard showing their support for his return.
Boli has undergone a mini-renaissance in recent weeks. He was a surprise starter against Livingston last month before again being reinstated at Fir Park yesterday. In both matches, the Belgian didn’t put a foot wrong as he looks to right some wrongs.
And it appears he has plenty of support from current and ex-teammates as he looks to fight his way back into the manager’s plans. As he reacted on Instagram to yesterday’s result, here’s a look at some of the responses he received:
It remains to be seen if Boli is part of Ange Postecoglou’s plans for the long-term. But his appearances so far can’t be ignored. It’s clear the manager sees something in him to keep him around these days.
And in fairness to Bolingoli, he’s taking his chances well. The supporters are enjoying what we’re seeing from him. Clearly his manager trusts him enough to throw him in for important games too. Not much more can be asked of him at the moment.
Of course, whether this is temporary or permanent is still a question that needs answering. But not even Boli could’ve imagined him being in this position just a few months ago.
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Many Celtic fans ready to embrace Bolingoli if he’s good enough
What’s great to see is the lack of backlash Boli has received. Whilst we all know what he did last season was idiotic, it’s time for everyone to move on. It can’t be held over the player forever.
In truth, he made the most of his punishment too. He went away to Turkey for a year and got regular minutes with a UEFA Champions League club. Say what you want, but he was hardly operating at a poor level.
Now he’s back at Parkhead and ready to get going again. Close friend Tuur Dierckx stated last week that the player has told him he’s prepared to prove himself at Celtic once again [Daily Record]. Therefore, the hunger is clearly there.
It’s all about whether Boli can transfer that into a run of consistency. At the moment, he’s ahead of Liam Scales in the pecking order. It’s a straight shootout between him and Adam Montgomery at the moment. It’s difficult to pick between them too.
In the coming weeks, the left-back is going to have plenty more tests in which he’ll need to pass. If he’s to ever become our first-choice again, this has to be considered the beginning of the beginning. The route to constant first-team football remains a long one.
But so long as Boli is prepared to travel down it, it looks as though those opportunities will indeed be there for him.