Frank McAvennie has tipped Neil Lennon to sign another left-back this summer if Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo does not step up for Celtic in the potential absence of Greg Taylor.

McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that Bolingoli has been wrongly “slaughtered” in the past and backed the 25-year-old to come good this season.

Taylor limped off in the first half against Hibernian but Lennon was hopeful that the full-back would train this week and be fit for the first game of the season against Hamilton.

Bolingoli, the cousin of Romelu Lukaku, made 28 appearances in his debut season for the Hoops.

McAvennie suggested that Lennon would not find it hard to sign a new left-back with agents in frequent contact.

“They will bring in Bolingoli if Taylor is not available for Sunday,” he told Football Insider.

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“I have got a feeling that Bolingoli is going to come good. I like the boy.

“I was in the car last season and the way they were going on about him on the radio I thought he must have been having a nightmare but I watched the game and he was not bad at all. They have slaughtered him on the radio.

“It might be better for him having no crowd there. He is a big lad and he is athletic. He can get up and down the park.

“If he does not step up I think Neil will sign another left-back because I do not think Greg is the one for Europe. Could he get us a run in Europe? I’m not sure. Lenny is going to be head-busting because agents will be phoning him.”  

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