Report: Boli Bolingoli to return to Celtic as loan spell cancelled

By Euan Davidson

March 22, 2022

The career of Celtic left-back Boli Bolingoli has taken another strange turn, with his deal at FC Ufa being cancelled due to work visa issues, according to a report.

The Glasgow Times state that because of diplomatic tensions between the UK and Russia, Bolingoli has not been admitted to work in the Russian top-flight. As such, the troubled left-back’s season has descended into more confusion and uncertainty.

Celtic will see the Belgian full-back return to Lennoxtown. The former Rapid Vienna man has made just two competitive appearances under Ange Postecoglou. In pre-season, it looked as though the left-back would fit well into Ange’s inverted full-back system.

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However, the signing of Liam Scales, the potential of Adam Montgomery, and the sturdiness of Greg Taylor made Bolingoli fourth-choice, at best.

What this means for Bolingoli’s immediate future is unclear. Certainly, B Team involvement wouldn’t make a lot of sense, given the focus on developing youth talent.

He could be injury cover at left-back, but with just a handful of games to go, it doesn’t seem entirely likely.

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Poor old Boli Bolingoli – the Celtic outcast who cannot catch a break

In fairness, it did seem a move destined for trouble at the time, for very obvious reasons.

So in a sense, it’s really no surprise that things have collapsed for Bolingoli in such a manner. However, you sense if there was wide interest in his services across Europe, he probably wouldn’t have gone to Russia.

C’est la vie. And now it’s up to Ange Postecoglou to keep Bolingoli engaged with Celtic for the rest of the season. How that will actually manifest, who knows.

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The guy needs a prolonged opportunity somewhere else. It’s just not worked out for him at Celtic, but his talent deserves more than being a running curiosity. In his first season at Parkhead, he was more than useful, and while nobody could directly replace Kieran Tierney, Bolingoli did a decent job more often than not.

The next chapter is still to be written – being honest, nobody knows what’ll happen for Bolingoli next.

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