Celtic have been at the centre of huge controversy this week.
Nicola Sturgeon has postponed two of their games in the coming weeks, mainly because of a crazy situation involving defender Boli Bolingoli.
For the safety of everyone, precaution has simply had to be taken.
Last week, the left-back visited Spain on an unauthorised trip. Returning to Scotland, Bolingoli failed to quarantine for the regulated period.
Not only that, but the Belgian trained with his teammates just days later and then even played in the 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock.
In doing so, he put the lives of the playing and coaching staff of both teams in huge danger.
This was a selfish act from the 25-year-old, one that Neil Lennon vicisiously condemned him for.
It would be a huge shock if he ever played for Celtic again, but a move away could have occurred before he even played against Killie last weekend.
In a fresh revelation, claims have been made that he may have signed for Middlesbrough before the incident took place.
Boro boss Neil Warnock was speaking on talkSPORT this week and hinted that it was a blessing in disguise that they didn’t conclude a deal.
Warnock stated the following:
“I rang Celtic last week asking about Bolingoli on loan! It’s a good job I didn’t get him, isn’t it?”
The experienced head coach was then asked whether they would make another offer, to which he replied: “No, not now. It’s just one of those things.”
GIVEMESPORTS’ Matt Dawson says…
This is one of the most ridiculous situations football has found itself in following COVID-19.
To not tell your manager where you’re going is one thing, but to then completely ignore the strict quarantine rules put in place by the British government is barbaric.
Peter Lawwell and Lennon met at the start of the week and concluded that a loan deal would probably have to be done if they wanted to ship him on, but it’s rather amazing that he could have been out the door before he even featured last weekend.
The latest on Bolingoli’s situation is that he could move on a temporary basis to Amiens. The French club are looking to conclude a deal for the full-back who has surely now played his last game in Glasgow.
It’s a blessing for Warnock that they failed to sign such an unprofessional player and it’ll be a relief for Lennon and Celtic once he finally departs.
It’s got to a stage now, where for all parties, it would be better if he exited Parkhead. Clearly, a permanent deal would be better, but with his contract running until 2023 they have plenty of time to sort that.
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