Celtic condemn Bolingoli’s “Irresponsible action” and promise ‘Immediate action” through disciplinary procedures

CELTIC have issued a statement on the club’s official website in which they condemn the actions of Boli Bolingoli and apologise unreservedly for the Belgian’s behaviour in breaching all protocols and failing to observe the Government imposed quarantine restrictions after his short but clandestine trip to Spain during the two days off that the Celtic players were given after the 5-1 win over Hamilton last weekend.

The anger among the Celtic support is apparent on all blogs and social media this morning and Chris Sutton has already stated that Bolingoli’s time at Celtic should be over as a result if his selfish, irresponsible and dangerous actions.

Here is the Celtic statement in full…

Celtic Football Club unreservedly condemns and apologises for the behaviour of the player Boli Bolingoli in travelling to Spain without informing the club and in failing to observe quarantine restrictions.

It is difficult to imagine a more irresponsible action in current circumstances and we find it beyond explanation. The Club will take immediate action through our own disciplinary procedures.

Celtic are in touch with every SPFL club today, and with all relevant authorities, to apologise for the fact that one of our employees has created so much additional difficulty through his actions.

All of our playing and backroom staff have been tested twice for Covid-19 since this incident and all, including the player in question, have tested negative. While this comes as a relief to all concerned, it in no way diminishes the seriousness or stupidity of the player’s actions.

Since the Covid -19 crisis began, we have had a safe and healthy squad of players, recording not one positive test. As a club, we have worked tirelessly to ensure a sustained, safe environment for all.

We have led the way in working with the football authorities and Scottish Government to establish the most rigorous, effective protocols and working practices, which ultimately led to the resumption of football. We could have done no more in this area.

It is a matter of the deepest regret to us that the behaviour of one individual has jeopardised that reputation and reflected discredit on football more generally.

It his hard to imagine Bolingoli ever playing for Celtic again. Best thing would be to transfer list him today and tell him he has no future at the club.

Here is Niall’s opinion on this from this morning…


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