While things very much appear to be on the up for Celtic under the leadership of Ange Postecoglou, with the 56-year-old’s Bhoys side currently on a run of eight consecutive games without defeat, there are nevertheless a couple of issues that remain at Parkhead.
Indeed, while the emergence of 19-year-old Adam Montgomery has helped to cover for Celtic’s stricken defender, the youngster’s lack of first-team experience has often seen the Hoops boss fielding summer signing Josip Juranovic out of position on the left-hand side of his backline.
There is one other option Postecoglou could call upon in the position, that of Boli Bolingoli, however, the fact that the 26-year-old left-back has made just two appearances for Celtic this season, despite the club enduring something of an injury crisis in the position, speaks volumes of the manager’s opinion on the former Belgium youth international.
Indeed, after joining the club in what was a £3.01m deal back in the summer of 2019, the defender went on to make just 14 league appearances in his debut campaign at Parkhead, before Neil Lennon took the decision to loan the left-back out in September of last year after it was discovered Bolingoli had broken quarantine rules – with the Northern Irishman dubbing the 26-year-old “selfish” as a result of his actions.
Since then, it has been a downhill slope for the former Club Brugge man, being afforded just 180 minutes of game time under the management of Postecoglou, with some reports suggesting that the 56-year-old could be looking to move the £1.98m-rated defender on in January.
This would appear to be an extremely intelligent call, as, considering the fact that Bolingoli is reported to be earning a princely £16k-per-week at Parkhead, the Belgian is quite simply stealing a living in Glasgow at present.