Frank McAvennie insisted that Celtic cannot get rid of Boli Bolingoli until they sign a replacement with Greg Taylor the only other recognised left-back at Paradise.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, made it clear that he does not want to see Callum McGregor drop back into a full-back role having seen him there in the past.

In a statement the Scottish FA confirmed that Bolingoli would be banned for five games, two of which are suspended, for his failure to follow rules and, in turn, bring the game into disrepute.

 

The defender admitted that he returned from a trip to Spain, without quarantining, to play in last month’s game against Kilmarnock in what was a clear breach of protocol and government guidelines.

Neil Lennon revealed at the weekend that the club were considering the player’s future but insisted that no decision has been made yet.

When asked by Football Insider if he believed that the left-back would play for the Hoops again, McAvennie said: “I think it might have been decided.

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“The problem is unless they get a left-back in they cannot get rid of him because they might be forced into playing him.

“Let’s be honest we only have one other left-back in Taylor, we cannot play McGregor there we have tried it before and it did not not work, so if Taylor gets injured Bolingoli might need to come in. It is a strange one.”

When whether Bolingoli had played his last game for the Hoops, Lennon said: “I wouldn’t be so definite, but it might be something we think about, that’s for sure.

“There will be a disciplinary sanction from the club… We are going to think about it very, very intensely and make a decision in the next week or so.”

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