Alan Hutton says it is a worry to see Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli pull up with muscle injuries on a consistent basis and says his place in the side is under threat from fellow summer arrival Greg Taylor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and Scotland international says that there are some warning signs for Neil Lennon to be wary of after the 24-year-old was forced off against Hibernian in the League Cup semi-final.
The summer arrival missed the midweek trip to Lazio as well as the Premiership clash against Motherwell, his current problem not the first time the Hoops have seen him limp off with a muscle strain of some kind.
Hutton says that it is concerning to see a young full-back pick up injury problems of a muscular nature and says that his place will be under threat if he cannot return to the high levels he was starting to show.
Asked if Bolingoli’s injury problems were a concern, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, it does. As a full-back, it’s a difficult position to play nowadays.
“Obviously you’re playing against some of the best wingers, tricky wingers, so not only are young going back, you have to go forward, you have to have great energy and to be picking up muscle injuries at a young age is not great.
“I think he has come on in his game, he had a tough start and they obviously brought in (Greg) Taylor. I think that’s spurred him on a little bit. He’s obviously breathing down his neck. He’s got to play at a high standard because if not, someone will come in and take his place.”
Bolingoli has already played 22 times for the Hoops since joining from Rapid Vienna in the summer transfer window, emerging as Lennon’s first-choice left-back.
Taylor meanwhile has played just once for the Bhoys after swapping Kilmarnock for Parkhead.