Alex McLeish insists that Celtic star Boli Bolingoli will “regret” his behaviour after the defender was sent out on loan to Basaksehir for the rest of the season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland manager suggests the 25-year-old’s decision to take an unauthorised trip to Spain and breach health and safety protocols on his return was a “sliding doors” moment for his career.

The Hoops confirmed on Sunday that the left-back had signed for the Turkish outfit on a season-long loan after he was blasted by Neil Lennon and banned for five games – two suspended – by the SPFL for his actions.

McLeish believes that Bolingoli will be reflecting on what might have been for him and his career at Parkhead had he not travelled.

McLeish told Football Insider: “For Bolingoli, he obviously broke the rules.

“He’ll look back and he’ll look back with regret and say: ‘I wonder if I hadn’t done that, what would have happened? What if?’

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“A sliding doors moment, we all make decisions in our lives. You’re allowed to make a mistake now and again and let’s wish the guy good luck.” 

Bolingoli played 28 times for Celtic last season after he joined the Bhoys from Rapid Vienna, although he fell out of favour during the second half of the campaign.

His one appearance this season came as a substitute against Kilmarnock over what was the weekend after his unauthorised trip away.

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