Rapid Vienna’s sporting director Zorna Barisic has claimed that Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo can play at a higher level than Celtic.

The Hoops managed to seal a deal for the Vienna left-back early this month. He cost Celtic a total of £3million (The Herald), and has now featured in two competitive games for the club.

The Belgian has proved to be quite the speed merchant since signing. He’s consistently been bombing down the left flank and going on the overlap to help out in an attacking sense. Boli has yet to seriously be tested defensively, but did make a sloppy pass that allowed Sarajevo to score at Celtic Park last week.

Boli Bolingol-Mbombo looks an intriguing acquisition for Celtic (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Despite that little error, Barisic believes that Boli is destined for the top. Better yet, he feels he’s already prepared for a shot at one of Europe’s top leagues and seemed surprised to see him choose Celtic. Speaking in the Daily Record, here’s what Barisic had to say:

“Actually, I have no doubt that Boli is ready for a club in one of the top five leagues in Europe. But he chose to go to Scotland.

“It does mean that he’s closer to the English Premier League which is where he will end up. So we had to let him go unfortunately and he’s proving to be very difficult to replace.”

Zorna Barisic comments echo his manager’s

All of the vibes coming from Rapid regarding Boli are positive. Only last week, his former manager Dietmar Kuhbauer claimed that Rapid were struggling to replace what they had sold in the left-back (Scottish Sun).

Celtic, meanwhile, are certainly finding out that there’s some real talent in their energetic new acquisition. Boli was perhaps too attack-minded during the tie against Sarajevo. The further we go on in Europe, he’ll have to start showing a better tactical brain when it comes to his defending.

Boli’s defending has yet to seriously be tested (Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Once we start to find out more about Boli in the coming weeks, we’ll be in a better place to judge his talents. But the signs from Austria is that he really is a top player. It’s almost as if he’s someone that we should feel fortunate to have.

Celtic have also shown in the Kieran Tierney to Arsenal saga that they’ll only be selling their top players for big money. If Boli manages to perform to the standard Rapid feel he’s capable of, he’ll be another in that mega-money bracket.

Dietmar Kuhbauer was disappointed to lose Boli (Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

There’s just something extremely likable about our new man’s style of play. He’s a full-back that gets supporters off their seat. Even if Neil Lennon decides to calm his over-eagerness to attack, he’ll still prove a real danger on the overlap regardless.

We’ll find out more about Boli as the Champions League qualifiers go on. He’s been selected to face Nomme Kalju tonight in his third straight competitive start. Here’s hoping it’s yet another positive display.

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