Boli Bolingoli appears to have no chance of a Celtic renaissance

By David Walton

June 14, 2021

As Boli Bolingoli gets set to return to Celtic Park, it looks like he won’t get the chance to carry out a Parkhead renaissance.

The Belgian will return to Celtic for pre-season after a season spent in Turkey on loan with Istanbul Basaksehir. A knee injury that kept him out for four months meant that Boli only managed 19 appearances during his time there. However, he did experience a full Champions League group stage campaign before being crocked.

Celtic fans, however, simply don’t care about any of that. Many are still refusing to forgive him for the disgraceful act he produced back in August 2020.

Boli was caught breaching Covid restrictions by flying to Spain and failing to quarantine upon his return. He would even play in a game against Kilmarnock days after. This led to Celtic having to postpone two crucial games and allowed our rivals to build momentum on us.

It got football back in the government’s doghouse and was a huge setback for the game. As expected, Celtic got him out of their sight for a season.

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Yet even though the new campaign is just around the corner, there remains no love for Boli amongst the Hoops support. Not considering he was happy to put people’s health and safety at risk so he could take a trip to the sun.

Boli Bolingoli won’t ever recover his reputation at Celtic

The Celtic supporters simply aren’t having it. Whenever his name comes up in conversation, it’s still met with constant fury from the Parkhead fanbase. Not many want him back competing for our left-back spot again, and with good reason.

Boli may see the arrival of new manager Ange Postecoglou as the ideal chance to hit the reset button on his Celtic career. But if it’s something the new man even entertains, the Celtic support will let him know about it.

The Belgian left-back has been a total waste of £3million since signing from Rapid Vienna [The Herald]. It’s not as if his footballing ability is anything to gloat about either given his struggles in his debut season.

Boli Bolingoli joined Istanbul Basaksehir on loan last season (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

Celtic currently only have Greg Taylor as opposition to Bolingoli in the starting XI. With Diego Laxalt back at AC Milan, cover is needed desperately. You could argue we need an upgrade in any case regardless of the Boli situation given the fact that we’re extremely limited in the position as things stand.

But Boli still isn’t welcome back at Celtic Park. Hoops fans haven’t forgotten his betrayal last summer. Just because the intensity of the story has eased doesn’t mean that the fan anger has disappeared.

It’ll be interesting to see what the new man thinks of this. But with the likes of John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan still at Parkhead from the old regime, don’t expect to see Boli play for us ever again.

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