Boli Bolingoli’s derby display against Rangers was one to seriously forget, as he produced a shocking performance at left-back.
Preferred to ahead of the likes of Greg Taylor and Jonny Hayes, Boli never looked comfortable. He failed to string passes together efficiently, and often with too much power on them.
In addition to that, he was fortunate to stay on the pitch. He gave away some careless fouls after being given a yellow card, and it was just an all-round poor display from the former Rapid Vienna man.
Celtic fans are expecting more from him, and it’s clear that supporters weren’t pleased with his display post-match:
Said it a few weeks ago! It’s got to be between Taylor n Hayes for LB the noo! Boli just hasn’t got it!
I’d like to see Bitton involved alot more in CM as well alongside Broony!
Also in games against teams we should be beating go with 1 holding CM n rest Broony🍀 #Celtic
— Dom Schiavone🍀 (@Shiv1888) December 29, 2019
Telling u one thing, boli starts again am chucking it
— Dean Higgins (@DeanHiggins) December 29, 2019
Ps give Taylor a run as Boli is awful
— Andy (@AndyMc1888) December 29, 2019
enjoy dubai tomorrow celtic. pls don't bring boli back home xxx
— Stand up for Celtic (@StandForCeltic) December 29, 2019
Anyone that cant see that taylor is 10x the player that boli is, never mind hayes, needs their head checked. Rather wee dembele on the right over forrest recently aswell
— Calum 🍀 (@calumbo67) December 29, 2019
Forrest, Johnston, Frimpong, Boli and Christie all looked intimidated today. That’s not good enough for Celtic. We need battlers and winners.
— 3rdFrame (@The3rdFrame) December 29, 2019
Lennon has a big decision to make
Boli just wasn’t at it whatsoever, and let’s not pretend he’s been great in recent weeks either. Since his return from injury, he’s featured against the likes of Aberdeen, Hibernian, and now Rangers respectively. Rarely has he shone.
Bolingoli cost Celtic £3million from Rapid Vienna (The Herald). Can we honestly say, since he’s come back from injury, that he’s proven to be worth anywhere near that amount?
The left-back struggled early on in his Celtic career, looking shaky against the likes of Sarajevo and Cluj respectively. He was even dropped for a Champions League qualifier against Cluj back in August. Yet despite bouncing back with a decent September and October, Boli is back to being ropey again.
Meanwhile, Lenny still has options such as Taylor and Hayes available. The latter put in a fine performance in the Betfred Cup final at Hampden despite only just returning from injury himself.
Taylor, meanwhile, hasn’t put a foot wrong as he continues to try and impress. Lenny has options that he simply must consider over the course of the January break.
We now have a seriously unwelcome spell out of action for three weeks. Scottish Cup football against Partick Thistle will kick us off in 2020. Come that match, it would be a surprise to see Boli back in.
At times today you could even see Lenny getting frustrated with what the Belgian was producing. He hasn’t offered enough, and the mid-season report card will surely be enough to see him dropped for the New Year.