Exclusive: Celtic loanee tipped for permanent move by pundit - 'Looks a different player'
Boli Bolingoli would have to do something “unbelievable” on loan at Basaksehir to salvage his career at Celtic, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested Neil Lennon will be hoping the left-back performs well enough to secure a permanent move at the end of the season.
The 25-year-old was shipped out on loan to the Turkish Superlig side after he breached Covid protocols by failing to self isolate following an unauthorised trip to Spain.
Basaksehir confirmed they had an optional purchase clause to turn the defender’s temporary stay permanent at the end of the season.
Hutton has lauded the 2019 signing for his improved form while on loan but suggested it would take something special for him to return to Parkhead.
Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s done really well, hasn’t he? I watched him against Manchester United and he looks a different player. I just wonder if Lennon and Celtic have moved on.
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“They’ve also brought in Laxalt who I think is doing well at the moment – I was never going to judge him off the first couple of games which would have been very harsh but I think in recent weeks, he drives forward, he gets up and down the pitch and they’ve also got Taylor there.
“In my opinion, that position is now filled. Unless Bongo goes there and does something unbelievable, then maybe that would make them change his mind names but at the moment, I would see that he probably wants him to do well enough that he moves there on a permanent basis.”
Bolingoli played 29 times across all competitions for Celtic since his move to Glasgow last summer, although he featured just once before he was shipped out on loan.
He has made a total of eight appearances for Basaksehir, including three starts in the Champions League group stages.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops have been tipped to pick up a “substantial” windfall after major transfer update.