What Boli Bolingoli has told close friend about life at Celtic this season
Boli Bolingoli has informed close friend Tuur Dierckx that life has changed at Celtic this season and that he’s ready to prove he can still be an asset.
Boli had a controversial year last term that saw him break Covid health guidelines before being shipped out on loan to Istanbul Basaksehir. After a successful stint in Turkey, he’s now back at Parkhead under new manager Ange Postecoglou and patiently waiting for an opportunity.
The Belgian left-back was handed a surprising reprieve for a game against Livingston last month. The Celtic fans even noted the decent display he put in too despite slipping to a 1-0 defeat.
And Dierckx, who played with Boli during their Club Brugge days, has opened up on what the player has told him about how things are looking at Celtic Park.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Dierckx said: “He moved to rapid Vienna and then Celtic but I knew the situation as he came back to Antwerp to train on his own, so we went running together. We talked about his situation a lot. He was playing, then he got injured and then he had some problems with the coach.
“He had his loan spell where he played well and said if things didn’t change then he might need to leave. But things have changed and I know he really likes the club and he wants to prove to everyone he is the player they signed last year.
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“I’ve heard the manager is very attack-minded and that will suit Boli with his speed and his technical ability. I always played on the left wing but he was a striker when we started out before moving back to left back. He’s can run all day – he’s a machine.”
Celtic boss still reluctant to invest his faith in Boli Bolingoli
It’s fair to say that Boli’s start against Livingston was a massive surprise. There had been no indication that he was in line fora first-team recall whatsoever. He hadn’t been featuring in pre-season and was nowhere near the starting XI in the early games of the campaign.
Yet, despite showing up relatively well, he hasn’t had the chance to build on it. Boli hasn’t played since the Livingston defeat. He also hasn’t been selected in our Europa League squad this season either. That’s a damning decision, and one that really doesn’t look promising for his Celtic career.
Postecoglou, even though he’s given everyone a fresh start, has still to show that he trusts Boli. He’s only made 1 of 3 potential matchday squads since the Livingston game too. He’s anything but top of Postecoglou’s left-back list.
Indeed, Greg Taylor has been the first-choice this season. Adam Montgomery and Liam Scales also appear to be ahead of Boli in the pecking order. Being 4th choice is hardly a promising sign regardless of how the player feels.
Granted, the former Rapid Vienna man, who cost us £3m back in 2019 [The Herald], still has 2 years left on his Celtic contract. That means there’s still time for him to make the impact he feels he can.
But the early signs aren’t great even if he can be thankful to still be at Parkhead.