Boli Bolingoli dealt his Celtic teammates a big “slap in the face” with his breach of health and safety protocols, according to Alex Bruce.
The former Premiership defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims that the Hoops’ squad will be seething with the 25-year-old after an unauthorised trip to Spain.
Speaking at his press conference on Tuesday, manager Neil Lennon revealed the feeling among the rest of the players was “anger, frustration and disappointment.”
🗣️ NL: "The feeling from the rest of the squad is anger, frustration and disappointment. They've waited a long time to play competitive football and it's simply not good enough. It's totally disrupted our preparations."
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 11, 2020
The defender’s actions saw the Hoops’ games against St Mirren and Aberdeen postponed, meaning they will be three games behind the rest of the league when they next play a Premiership match.
Bruce believes that while the dressing room might have turned against the former Rapid Vienna man, they will only want him to perform well if he plays for the club again.
Asked how he would feel if he was Bolingoli’s teammate, Bruce told Football Insider: “Not great, obviously. When you think about what’s happened it’s obviously not great.
“As a teammate, you obviously have your views but ultimately it’s what that player’s doing on the pitch and if he’s performing on the pitch and getting results, that’s the most important thing.
“You don’t have to be friends, how many times have we seen it, there have been plenty of examples of people not liking one another but when they get on the pitch, they do the business no matter what.
“It’s a big slap in the face for his teammates in terms of preparation, I’m sure everyone’s p***** off with what he’s done because he’s thrown them out a little bit.”
Bolingoli has played a total of 29 times for Celtic since his move to Parkhead last summer.
His substitute appearance against Kilmarnock was his first appearance of the new season.
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