Celtic will attempt to secure Boli Bolingoli a move away from Parkhead over what remains of the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by the Daily Mail (via the Daily Record), who claim that Ange Postcoglou has officially decided that the left-back, who has been linked with a move to Turkish side Altay SK this month, has no future at Celtic Park.
The report goes on to suggest that the Bhoys transfer team will do all they can to secure the 26-year-old a move away from the club prior to the closure of the current transfer market on January 31.
Considering just how little Bolingoli has featured for Celtic since his £3m signing back in the summer of 2019, coupled with the fact that the defender is currently earning a princely £15k-per-week at Parkhead, it would indeed appear an extremely wise move for Postecoglou to do all he can to move the left-back who Bill Leckie dubbed “arrogant” on this winter.
Indeed, during his two and a half year spell in Glasgow, the former Belgium youth international has featured just 31 times for the Hoops, something that is largely down to the fact Bolingoli was bombed out of the squad by Neil Lennon after being found to have broken lockdown restrictions in August 2020.
However, with the 56-year-old Bhoys boss not exactly being graced with strength in depth at left-back, in addition to 19-year-old Adam Montgomery looking set to leave the club on loan this month, should Celtic manage to find Bolingoli a move in the next few days, Postecoglou will subsequently need to bring in a fresh face into the position.
And, with the Hoops having been linked with a move for the Derby County left-back Lee Buchanan already this month, the 20-year-old would appear to be something of a perfect fit for the Greek-Australian coach.
Wayne Rooney also appears to be extremely excited about the youngster’s future in the game, with the former England captain stating of the current England U20 international: “Lee Buchanan is incredible. He’s got a real bright future. I’m sure he’ll play for England within the next couple of years.”
As such, it would very much appear to be an extremely intelligent piece of January business for Postecoglou to finally cut Celtic’s losses on Bolingoli this month, before reinvesting the money saved on the 26-year-old’s wages into a move for the £5k-per-week Buchanan.