By Noel Whelan

15th Sep, 2020 | 5:00pm

'Lennon will be Overjoyed' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to 'Massive' Celtic transfer update

Noel Whelan claimed Celtic boss Neil Lennon will be “absolutely overjoyed” that Boli Bolingoli has left the club.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that the 25-year-old’s exit will help create a “harmonious dressing room” for the remainder of the season.

Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir signed the exiled Hoops defender on a season-long loan deal on Sunday.

Bolingoli admitted that he returned from a trip to Spain, without quarantining, to play against Kilmarnock earlier this season and had not featured for the Bhoys since.

Lennon said on numerous occasions that the player’s future at the club was under review as a result of the incident and it is now clear that the left-back was told he could leave.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the Belgian’s exit, Whelan said:

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“It is massive.

“Neil Lennon will be absolutely overjoyed that the deal has got done and that he is out of the club now. That speculation can now disappear because his future is elsewhere. There is not going to be any grumblings or questions about him now that Neil has got him out of the club.

“You do not want people at the football club with that kind of attitude and Neil will want a nice harmonious dressing room and training ground and that is what he has got now. You want players that will abide by rules and be part of the squad in the right way.”

Bolingoli made 28 appearances for the Hoops last season having arrived from Rapid Vienna in July 2019 in a £3million deal.

His contract at Parkhead does not expire until the summer of 2023.

In other Celtic news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that Leeds wanted attacker Hoops are working to sign on a free transfer.