Newly-promoted Turkish club Altay SK want to sign Celtic left-back Boli Bolingoli this summer, according to The Scottish Sun.
The Lowdown: Bolingoli’s Parkhead career
Bolingoli was signed by Neil Lennon in July 2019 from Rapid Vienna in a deal worth £3m but the 25-year-old has only made 29 appearances for the Hoops almost two years on from his arrival in Glasgow and spent the majority of the previous campaign on loan at Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Turkish capital club had the option to sign the Belgian on a permanent basis, but they decided against doing so.
The Latest: Altay SK links
The Scottish Sun shared a transfer story regarding Bolingoli on Saturday. They claimed that Altay, who were recently promoted to the Turkish Super Lig for the first time in 18 years, want to sign the Celtic left-back.
Altay’s new president Ozgur Ekmekcioglu has promised to spend ahead of the club’s top-flight return and wants Bolingoli as their first high-profile signing of the summer.
The Verdict: Postecoglou needs to have the final say
Bolingoli spent last season away from Glasgow, so on that basis, you could expect that he is surplus to requirements in Scotland. However, with new manager Ange Postecoglou now in place, surely it would make sense for the Australian to have the final say on the full-back’s future.
Celtic have just Greg Taylor and Bolingoli as left-back options at this moment in time, with Diego Laxalt’s loan coming to an end. Therefore, should Postecoglou grant a permanent Parkhead exit for Bolingoli, you’d expect he’d be seeking a replacement to rival Taylor for the upcoming season.
Aaron Hickey has been linked with a move to Scotland in recent weeks, so perhaps the Hoops would firm up their interest in the teenage left-back if Bolingoli leaves.
In other news: Mario Vuskovic to Celtic getting closer, find out more here.
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