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Celtic can finally axe Bolingoli with Erick Otieno transfer swoop

Celtic successfully put a nightmare of a 2020/21 season behind them by securing the Premiership title this time around under Ange Postecoglou.

With 38 league games played, the Hoops won 29, drew six and lost only three, ultimately leaving them with an impressive 93-point haul. In addition, Postecoglou’s team ended the season with more goals scored (92) and fewer conceded (22) than any other team in the top flight, further cementing their place as Scotland’s top dogs.

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However, one man who didn’t contribute much to this latest title-winning campaign is Boli Bolingoli.

With just two appearances to his name across all competitions, the defender was excluded from the squad more often than not.

In April, it was reported that the £15k-per-week Belgian was in his homeland training on his own away from his team-mates, which doesn’t say much for his chances of being in Postecoglou’s plans moving forward.

Slammed by former Hoops manager Neil Lennon for his “appalling” behaviour after the 26-year-old broke government guidelines in 2020 relating to the global pandemic, Bolingoli is reportedly one player that the club are looking to get rid of this summer.

With that in mind, one player with whom the Parkhead club have been linked according to Fotboll Direkt (via 67HailHail) and who they could look to bring in as his replacement is Erick Otieno.

Axe Bolingoli, sign Otieno

Currently playing for Swedish club AIK Solna, the left-back has scored two goals and delivered eight assists in 53 appearances across all competitions.

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To highlight the 25-year-old’s talents, in 11 league games so far this year, he has won more tackles (15) than any of his team-mates, also posting the second-highest number of crosses (37) and interceptions (17) at the Stockholm club.

Furthermore, his current team-mate Seb Larsson recently shared a lot of praise for Otieno and how impressive he has been for AIK.

This all shows just how capable a player he is on and off the ball in a defensive and attacking sense, and why he’d surely be more useful for Celtic than Bolingoli.

Taking all this into account, if the Hoops and Postecoglou finally get the Belgian outcast off their books once and for all this summer, securing a deal which would bring the £1.35m-rated Otieno full-back to Parkhead could be the best option for the club.

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Article title: Celtic can finally axe Bolingoli with Erick Otieno transfer swoop

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