Exclusive: Pundit makes big Scott Brown claim after shocking Celtic development
Kevin Phillips expects Scott Brown to have strong words with Boli Bolignoli after his trip to Spain humiliated Celtic.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was adamant that the 25-year-old would have apologised to his teammates and staff and even tipped him to make an extended public apology soon.
The defender played in the 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock on Sunday despite a secret trip to Spain, after which he did not quarantine, in the lead-up to the game.
His actions have led First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon to postpone the clubs’ next two fixtures.
Bolingoli, who has made 29 appearances for the Hoops since he joined last summer, has three years remaining on his contract at Parkhead.
When asked by Football Insider what kind of reception the Belgian will receive at Lennoxtown, Phillips said: “It will be tough for the squad. The players will be very disappointed.
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“They will still train and knowing players the way I do Bolingoli will get some stick, there will be a bit of banter, whether that is right or wrong.
“He cannot hold his head up high. He will go in and apologise to the players and the manager. At some point he may come out and make a public apology.
“His teammates will not be happy and I will leave it to your imagination what the likes of Scott Brown will say to him. He has let an awful lot of people down.”
When speaking on the the mood of his squad, Hoops boss Neil Lennon said: “The feeling from the rest of the squad is anger, frustration, disappointment.
“We’re looking to get a bit of momentum going. They’ve waiting a long time to play competitive football, and it’s simply not good enough.”
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