By Alex McLeish

25th Sep, 2021 | 9:00pm

Ex-manager makes Bolingoli claim after surprise Celtic development

Alex McLeish has backed Ange Postecoglou to bring the best out of Boli Bolingoli after a shock recall to the Celtic side.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the manager’s show of faith should give the 26-year-old a major confidence boost.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, speaking to BBC Radio Scotland and quoted by the Glasgow Times (September 19th), said the Belgian defender had been “working hard” while “waiting for an opportunity”.

Celtic exiled the left-back last season after a breach of Covid-19 protocols.

They sent Bolingoli on loan to Istanbul Basaksehir.

Bolingoli’s 90 minutes against Livingston marked his first appearance under Postecoglou and his first for the Hoops in 13 months.

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However, the Bhoys lost 1-0.

McLeish claimed it was now up to the left-back to “produce the goods” in order to cement himself in Postecoglou’s plans.

“He said he would give everyone a clean slate,” McLeish told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

You’re now seeing the proof of that with Bolingoli.

“If Ange has got that type of faith and is instilling that sort of confidence and belief into the players, then they have to produce the goods and be motivated by him.”

Bolingoli’s second chance has come about following a shoulder injury to Greg Taylor.

According to the Daily Record, he could be out until November after successful surgery earlier this week.

New Bhoy Josip Juranovic has also deputised in the left-back berth.

With three fixtures in seven days this week, the defender could again find himself thrust into the spotlight for the Hoops.

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