Ex-manager slams Bolingoli for 'putting people's lives at risk' after Celtic reveal
Alex McLeish has claimed Boli Bolingoli “deserves a second chance” at Celtic after “putting people’s lives at risk”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Rangers and Scotland manager admitted he finds it difficult to assess Bolingoli’s situation.
The left-back breached covid protocols at the beginning of last season after travelling to Spain and playing in a match without telling the club.
He was shipped out on loan to Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir but has now returned to Glasgow.
Bolingoli was a surprise member of Ange Postecoglou’s squad that travelled to Wales for the club’s pre-season training camp.
However, he did not feature in their opening pre-season friendly with Charlton Athletic at the weekend.
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Postecoglou explained to the Daily Record that the 26-year-old had picked up a knock and would have opportunities to impress in pre-season.
The defender took to Instagram last week to declare he was ready for the 2021-22 campaign.
“I find that one difficult to process,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“He’s put people’s lives at risk. The covid situation was an amazing new situation for everyone.
“There were some players at Aberdeen and some players at Rangers who were suspended. They put everybody’s lives at risk.
“It’s hard to evaluate that. But I think everybody deserves a second chance.”
Postecoglou kicked off his Celtic reign with a 2-1 win over Charlton at the weekend thanks to goals from Karamoko Dembele and Albian Ajeti.
His first competitive game is their crucial Champions League qualifier with FC Midtjylland on 20 July.
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