Ange Postecoglou has addressed Boli Bolingoli’s future after the left-back returned from the fringes of the squad to start against Livingston at the weekend. After an ill-fated trip to Spain last summer, Bolingoli was criticised in the media, by politicians and fans alike for his decision to breach COVID-19 rules resulting in a loan move to Turkey. However, he has returned to the club and worked hard and Ange Postecoglou said to the Media Conference that he would be treated like every other member of the squad.
“In terms of his future I don’t know why he’s any different to anyone else here.
“He’s part of the squad, he’s part of the playing group, and that’s why he was selected on the weekend.
“I haven’t decided my starting 11 for tomorrow, but he’ll definitely be part of the squad.”
The player signed from Rapid Vienna in the Summer of 2019 for £2.5m. The player was offloaded on-loan to Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir after breaking COVID-19 rules in Scotland. Bolingoli decided to go to Spain for one night and failed to quarantine when he returned. Greg Taylor was joined by AC Milan’s Diego Laxalt but it was evident that neither were good enough to hold down a starting place last season. It had been accepted that Bolingoli had a mountain to climb but given the double standards across the city, there had been a willingness to forgive the Belgian.
An opportunity for redemption has presented Bolingoli with Greg Taylor injuring his shoulder and Ange needing a left-back, Bolingoli could force himself into becoming the manager’s first pick.