By Frank McAvennie

16th Sep, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: McAvennie adamant 25-yr-old wants to quit Celtic after deal confirmed

Frank McAvennie is adamant that Boli Bolingoli wanted out of Celtic after the defender completed a loan move to Istanbul Basaksehir.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the 25-year-old would not have travelled to Spain if he was committed to the club and the players.

The Turkish champions signed the exiled Hoops left-back, who still has three years remaining on his contract at Paradise, on a season-long loan deal on Sunday.

Bolingoli was handed a five game ban by the Scottish FA, two of which were suspended, after he admitted that he returned from a trip to Spain, without quarantining, to play against Kilmarnock earlier this season.

Lennon was “livid” with the Belgian after the incident and repeated to the press that his  future at the club was under review prior to the transfer.

When asked by Football Insider if Bolingoli was likely pushed out of the club, McAvennie said: “It was only a matter of time.

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“He obviously wanted out. Some boys cannot hack it. He was not good enough. For him to do what he did, he let everyone down, especially in the changing room.

“In my day everyone would have been arguing with each other and that would have been it, get it all out, finished. People do not do that now so it would have gone on for ages. That is why there was no way he could have played again because there would still be rumblings in the changing room.

“He let the players down but he let himself down. There was something not right that made him do that. That is not something you do when you want to be at the club. He is away so he got his wish.”

In other Celtic news, Noel Whelan claims Neil Lennon will be “absolutely overjoyed” by major transfer update.