Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli has been linked with a potential summer move away from Parkhead.
He tweeted (slightly erroneously as the 27-year-old is still a Celtic player): “Told Royals have been keeping tabs on former Celtic defender/midfielder Boli Bolingoli – cousin of Chelsea/Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku.”
The Hoops signed Bolingoli from Rapid Vienna in July 2019 in a deal worth a reported £3m, but with just 31 appearances for the club and two loan spells away from Glasgow (at Istanbul Basaksehir and FK Ufa), to say that the defender’s time as a Celtic player has been disappointing would be an understatement.
The full-back kicked up a storm in 2020 when he broke government protocol during the pandemic, which led to him being charged by the SFA.
Last season saw the 27-year-old make just two appearances for Ange Postecoglou’s side across all competitions. He even spent time away from the club training on his own in Belgium, highlighting just how much of an outcast he has become at Parkhead.
Having seen the Bhoys recently strike a deal to bring in Alexandro Bernabei from Lanus, this would surely push the current Celtic defender even further down the pecking order.
This all suggests that his chances of playing regularly next season in the left-back position are rather slim.
Now that it has emerged that Reading could look to sign the Hoops outcast this summer, this would surely be music to the ears of many Celtic fans, given how ineffective he’s been for the Premiership champions.
Also, bearing in mind how his current contract at Parkhead is set to expire next summer, this could be the ideal time for the club to sell him and reap some sort of transfer fee while they still can.
From the player’s point of view, if he can go to a club where he’d be playing regularly and have the chance to get his career back on track, this could be an outcome which would suit all parties.
Should Reading or any other club approach Celtic with interest in signing Bolingoli, it’s a sale that the Hoops should definitely look to complete.