Difficult Decision But Lennon Has To Take Right Call: Celtic Has To Go With This Ace For First Team Place

The enormous popularity of Kieran Tierney made things even harder for Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo at Parkhead since his arrival from Rapid Vienna. It was a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ regarding Tierney’s transfer to Arsenal and the 24-year-old Belgian professional, all over the place against Cluj in a crucial Champions League qualifier, was having a nightmare in his attempt to fill the void left by the homegrown Scotsman.

One game, however, has changed the fortune of numerous stars in Scotland over the years. Bolingoli was touted to be the weak link of Neil Lennon’s side ahead of their trip to Ibrox for the season’s first Old Firm derby. But the left fullback stunned the supporters and silenced the critics with an incredible performance to cement his place that was thought to be in jeopardy following the inclusion of Greg Taylor from Kilmarnock on the transfer deadline.

 “I know people were talking about Christopher and me, but we both knew about the quality we had. We were confident going into the game, and we believed in ourselves. If we didn’t have that quality, then we wouldn’t be at this club. It was maybe just a question of time for us; we needed to adapt.”

The former Club Brugge fullback is relishing his time in Scotland as he welcomes the challenge from Taylor for a first-team place (as quoted by the Daily Record).

How He Is Settling Down At Celtic In His Own Way

Bolingoli bagged a few goals at Brugge as well as Rapid Vienna, and therefore, was being considered as an able alternative of Tierney with similar attacking attributes, marauding runs up the flank, cut insides, crosses and most importantly, goals. But he turned out to be quite the opposite against Rangers when his disciplined display at the back denied Scott Arfield from causing enough menace from the wide attacking slot. It is not always easy to hit the ground running immediately and the youngster, therefore, needs more time to settle down in new surroundings before depicting the attacking aspect of his game.

Why Taylor Should Remain As The Understudy For The Time Being

Bolingoli’s performance took an upward trajectory at the right time. He was impressive against Hamilton Academical as well on Saturday afternoon in a tricky away trip, and the uprise must have convinced Lennon to stick with the Belgian even though Taylor has already appeared more than 100 times for Killie despite being 21.

The latter is familiar to the aggression and raw emotion of Scottish football, but, the European exposure of Bolingoli would boost the Bhoys to put up a better show abroad. Yes, Taylor is an incredible prospect, and this seems like a hard decision for Lennon. Despite that, the Celtic gaffer has to make the right call in playing Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo in the first team.

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