It is fair to see that this week has seen some unique events at Celtic Park. The Boli Bolingoli saga has led to the Hoops twiddling their thumbs this weekend instead of taking on Aberdeen, and will mean that the club is playing catch-up in the league for a while to come.
It does seem that Bolingoli’s time at Celtic is coming to an end. Sky Sports have reported that Amiens are interested in signing the player on loan. The report also claims that Leeds’ Barry Douglas is on the Hoops’ shortlist to replace Bolingoli.
Not made breakthrough yet
However, perhaps a replacement for Bolingoli is already at the club. That player is Lee O’Connor. O’Connor was signed by Hoops boss Neil Lennon in the summer of 2019. However, the former Manchester United man has yet to make his breakthrough into the first-team.
The unique circumstances regarding Bolingoli could mean that O’Connor is given a chance to make a claim for a first-team place, similar to what Jeremie Frimpong did last season.
A very versatile player
O’Connor is a very versatile player, who can play any position in defence. With that in mind, Neil Lennon should consider giving the player a chance. After all, he bought him, so he must feel that the player has some qualities.
It should also be pointed out that the player that is currently first-choice left-back, Greg Taylor, has had an up-and-down start to the season.
He was excellent against Hamilton, but struggled against Kilmarnock and was replaced by Bolingoli.
O’Connor at least deserves to be given the chance to show what he can do for the Hoops. It might be too much of a gamble to include the player in the squad for the match against KR Reykjavík on Tuesday.
However, there is no reason for O’Connor not to be included in the squad for the trip to Dundee United next Saturday. This might be a unique situation but if given the chance, O’Connor should look to grasp it with both hands.