Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo tipped to be a success at Celtic after summer switch

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New Celtic signing Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo has been tipped by former Rapid Vienna favourite Roman Wallner to be a big success in Glasgow, as reported by The Evening Times.

What’s he said?

Bolingoli-Mbombo was unveiled by the club to assembled press on Thursday and becomes the Hoops’ third signing of the summer after Christopher Jullien and Luca Connell.

A left-back by trade, he’s set to provide competition for Kieran Tierney, who has lacked capable back-up for quite a while at the Hoops.

Wallner has described the player as “a winner” and believes his attacking style could make him a big hit with fans over the length of his contract at Celtic Park.

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As quoted by The Evening Times, the 37-year-old said:

“He is in good physical condition, is a very technical player. He always likes to get forward. He has a lot of power. I think the way he plays, with a lot of enthusiasm, will mean the fans will really like him.

“To begin with, he took some time to settle and integrate himself into the Rapid side after he arrived. But he was still a young man when he moved there two years ago. When he did come good he enjoyed a very fine season. He is a winner.

“It was a good step for him to go from Brugge to Rapid Vienna. It means he can now taker the next step in his career. He will be good for Celtic in the Scottish league because he is fast and physically strong and also decent technically.”

Will his arrival hasten Tierney’s exit?

It’s been speculated by outlets such as The Sun that Bolingoli-Mbombo’s arrival means Tierney will now be free to join the interested Arsenal, however, if Celtic are going to achieve their aims next season they will need two strong players to occupy every position.

Celtic had Emilio Izaguirre to call upon last season, but at 33 years of age he proved to be well past his best and left the club at the end of the campaign.

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The former Rapid Vienna man has insisted that he did not seek assurances on Tierney’s departure before joining the Hoops, so if you take that at face value, the two transfers don’t appear to be linked.

Healthy competition is a positive and Celtic fans shouldn’t fear seeing the back of Tierney until the club’s valuation is met by any interested parties.

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