The question “How did Bolingoli play?” preceded almost any other post-match query from Celtic fans at one point earlier this season. The Belgian’s sticky start following his £3million July move from Rapid Vienna was well documented, as was the fact that a section of the Celtic support had written him off after about five minutes of action.
Then came the 24-year-old’s recovery period as the question changed to “How good was Bolingoli?” – in a more positive tone. The likeable left-back put in solid shifts at Ibrox and in Stockholm and also excelled in a lesser league matches against the likes of Hamilton and Kilmarnock.
Now he is no longer really a talking point in the pub after a game. Bolingoli is part of the furniture at Celtic Park and has become about as big a regular in Neil Lennon’s team as any other player.
The fact that he has played more minutes of football than any other summer signing shouldn’t go unnoticed, and is testament to the work he has put in.
The Bolingoli Celtic question is no longer necessary
Bolingoli was terrific in the 6-0 drubbing of Ross County on Saturday, yet he was barely mentioned post-match. Again, that just goes to show how he has come on leaps and bounds and is now expected to perform for the club.
He still endures scary moments when he seems to lose his concentration. Perhaps that’s the next part of his game that he has to work on to elevate himself to an even greater level.
His position will surely come under threat too when Greg Taylor finally makes his Hoops debut. The former Kilmarnock man’s disappointment in recent weeks has been Bolingoli’s gain as he’s been able to find an unlikely consistent place in the team.
But just remember, if you’re not hearing Bolingoli’s name mentioned too often, that’s probably a good thing.