Alex McLeish believes that Boli Bolingoli will be “devastated” after his behaviour left his Celtic career hanging in the balance.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has warned the 25-year-old that his breach of health and safety protocols could see him become a “victim” of the axe at Parkhead.
The Hoops’ left-back took an unauthorised trip to Spain without informing the club and failed to undertake the required self-quarantine on his return.
His actions saw two of Celtic’s league games postponed and he was handed a five-game ban, two of which are suspended, by the SFA for bringing the game into disrepute.
McLeish believes that Bolingoli could still play his part if Neil Lennon feels he is an important member of his side but suggests he will be binned if he is seen as expendable.
Asked if Bolingoli could have a future at Parkhead, McLeish told Football Insider: “I don’t know how the managers work individually in their own clubs, what the rules are for the clubs and the stance that they will take – it’s very difficult and bizarre times we’re in just now.
“You don’t condone anything that’s going against Covid-19 rules. If 10 of them had been found to have done it, do you ban the 10 of them, do you ban them from ever playing again for Celtic? Then you cut your nose off to spite your face.
“I think Neil will look at the player, the player will be devastated at the bad publicity he’s got and brought to Celtic and if Neil thinks he’s good enough to get in the team and he thinks he’s an asset, I would imagine he will receive some punishment and he will come back into the team.
“If Neil feels that it’s not somebody that is somebody that they need, it could look as if he could be a victim of the Covid-19 carry-on.
“You hear the Aberdeen chairman saying you cannot keep telling these boys forever, they’ve made a big mistake and an error which is precedented.”