Gabby Agbonlahor has backed forgotten Celtic man Boli Bolingoli to be granted another chance by Ange Postecoglou in 2021/22 [Football Insider], comparing the defender’s situation to his own under Steve Bruce.
The Lowdown: Celtic gear up for the 2021/22 season
Moving towards the new campaign, Australian boss Postecoglou will be desperate to utilise all viable avenues in order to sustain a Scottish Premiership title challenge this term.
Acquiring high-profile players will be key to this process, however rejuvenating existing tools at the club will also take precedence.
One man who may be given a surprise opportunity this season is 26-year-old Bolingoli, who was farmed out on loan to İstanbul Başakşehir last year following a major breach of COVID-19 guidelines [Daily Record].
Should Bolingoli be given a second chance at Celtic?
The Latest: Agbonlahor backs Bolingoli to be gifted another chance by Postecoglou
Prompting former Aston Villa man Agbonlahor to respond in an interview from Football Insider, the 34-year-old was very complimentary of his chances of re-claiming a first-team berth, stating:
“I think he will do.
“When a new manager comes in it’s a fresh start for everybody. It happened with me with Steve Bruce when he came in he brought me back into the Aston Villa squad.
“I’m sure that’s what Postecoglou will be doing with Bolingoli. He’ll look at everybody over pre-season and give those that weren’t involved last season a chance to impress.” [Football Insider].
The Verdict: Bolingoli should be given an opportunity to prove himself again at Parkhead
Correctly, the ex-England international identifies the need for a clean slate at the football club, upon the appointment of a new manager.
Capable of providing a forward threat from the left-hand side, Bolingoli is capable of producing consistent performances when given the platform to do so.
In 2020/21, the Belgian made 18 appearances for Boz Baykuşlar as they finished in 12th position [Transfermarkt].
Never afraid to muck in defensively, the former Rapid Vienna full-back made 1.8 tackles per game across the piece in the Turkish Super Lig [WhoScored].
Progressing through the next few months, Celtic should look to reintegrate Bolingoli back into the first-string picture at Parkhead, giving him six months to impress before the next transfer window in January.
In other news, Noel Whelan has dropped his verdict on a Celtic winger.
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