Boli Bolingoli's Celtic revival appears to have been short-lived

By David Walton

October 4, 2021

Well it was fun while it lasted, but it’s time to start talking about what the future holds for Boli Bolingoli at Celtic.

It looked as though the Belgian was in for a surprising reprieve over two weeks ago. He was thrown in out of absolutely nowhere against Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Fans even acknowledged the decent display he put in despite the 1-0 defeat.

But even though it looked certain he was going to be fighting for a place, his revival ended the moment he stepped off the plastic pitch in West Lothian.

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Ange Postecoglou hasn’t placed any faith in Boli whatsoever since that afternoon. He managed to make the bench against Raith Rovers, but he wasn’t given a shot. He would then miss out against the likes of Dundee United and Aberdeen respectively.

He was also missing against Bayer Leverkusen, but that was because he didn’t make the initial Europa League squad submitted to UEFA. Even so, that was a major red flag itself.

Now, take a look at the left-back picture at the moment. It reads woefully from a Boli perspective.

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On paper, Boli won’t have a better chance to make it at Celtic

Liam Scales apparently isn’t ready yet according to Postecoglou [Scottish Sun]. Yet he still manages to make the bench over an apparent fully-fit Boli.

Greg Taylor is also out injured for the medium-term at least. He was Boli’s main rival for the left-back spot back in the 2019/20 campaign. Yet even with him sidelined, he also can’t make matchday squads.

The only fully-fit left-back available outside of Boli is Adam Montgomery. And despite some struggles, the academy graduate appears to be so far ahead of Bolingoli in the pecking order that you could be forgiven for wondering if we’ve actually already sold the Belgian.

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One player out and another not deemed ready to play for Celtic yet. Despite that, Boli is still in the wilderness. He’ll never have a better chance on paper to be staking a claim for that full-back spot.

The January transfer window is just around the corner. If Celtic have the option to find him a loan move elsewhere, we’re as well taking it. It’s become clear by now that Postecoglou sees no route to the first-team for Boli. He hasn’t been quick to talk him up either. The pair just don’t look like the right fit together.

With a contract that expires in 2023, he’s still scheduled to be here for a while yet. But there’s no point having him run down his contract as a fourth-choice option. Not when we could have another club pay a high percentage of his wages. It’s a decision Celtic need to make, but the Boli revival is over.

That much is absolutely clear.

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