By Kevin Phillips

13th Aug, 2020 | 7:00am

Exclusive: Kevin Phillips slaughters 'Childish' Celtic player amid huge development

Kevin Phillips has slammed Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli for his “disrespectful” and “childish” actions last week.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 25-year-old had let down ‘his teammates, his manager and Scotland as a country’.

Bolingoli admitted that he played in Sunday’s match against Kilmarnock despite having not followed the government’s quarantine guidelines after a midweek trip to Spain.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has cancelled Celtic’s fixtures against St Mirren and Aberdeen as a result of the player’s actions.

Phillips hoped that the incident would serve as an “eye-opener” to players across the UK.

“One player has cost an awful lot of people and it is totally disrespectful to his teammates, his manager and the country,” he told Football Insider.

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“To have done what he has done in the times that we are in at the moment is inexcusable. It is irresponsible, childish and the club will come down heavily on him with fines and rightly so. I would not want to be him going out shopping in Glasgow. He needs to keep his head down and keep quiet.

“It is really disappointing to see because we were making good headway. I hope it does not have a knock-on effect and hopefully it is an eye-opener for all players.” 

When speaking on the incident, Neil Lennon said: “The club have been at the forefront of maintaining good practice in having the protocols all in place, trying to get the game up and running, we have been bitterly and sorely let down by the selfish actions of one individual.”

“In terms of club responsibility, we’ve apologised to all of the other clubs in the division, and the footballing support as a whole.”

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