Report: Celtic expecting firm offer for Boli; will listen to any bids amid interest around Europe
Celtic are expecting a firm offer from Roma for unwanted left-back Boli Bolingoli, the Daily Record has reported.
The Record believes that the Hoops will listen to any bids for the Belgian, who has been frozen out of first-team matters since breaking quarantine rules during the current global health pandemic.
The newspaper also states that there is interest in Boli from several countries around Europe. There has been speculation from Turkey, Germany, and Belgium respectively. However, the Record states that Roma have appeared as the front-runners.
Celtic have still to officially announce the result of the club’s own internal investigation into Boli’s off-field disaster last month.
Manager Neil Lennon previously said that Boli leaving the club wasn’t definite. As quoted by the Daily Record, Lennon said: “I wouldn’t be so definite, but it might be something we think about, that’s for sure.”
New left-back was always needed regardless
The Record states that Celtic are in the market for a new left-back, but the truth is that was always going to be needed in any case.
Boli didn’t impress last season despite being the club’s first-choice in the position during the first half of the campaign. There was a reason he ended up losing his place to Greg Taylor.
His passing too often ends up at the feet of opposition players, whilst he was constantly caught out of position when he marauded up the pitch to join in attacks. Teams too easily hurt us on the counter with Boli, and it never seemed likely that he would find his way back into the side.
The interest in him is surprising of course. There are some teams from strong nations who are reportedly interested, despite how poor he’s been for Celtic dince signing from Rapid Vienna.
It’s clear now that this whole saga is only going to end one way. Whether he signs for Roma or elsewhere, it’s clear his future isn’t at Parkhead.
That’s an outcome that will satisfy many as we press ahead with our transfer plans.