EXCLUSIVE

Jackie McNamara claims that Celtic manager Neil Lennon has lost trust in new signing Boli Bolingoli after playing Callum McGregor at left-back versus Cluj.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Parkhead favourite says that the Northern Irish boss made the difficult decision to move McGregor from his natural midfield role into defence due to a lack of faith in Bolingoli, having struggled defensively this season.

The Hoops were knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers thanks to a 4-3 defeat at Parkhead to the Romanian champions, having played out a 1-1 draw away from home.

McNamara says that it is clear Lennon does not have faith in the 24-year-old former Rapid Vienna star when it comes to defending and that it could cost the Bhoys in the long run.

McNamara told Football Insider: “It was a big decision to move Callum out the midfield, their best midfielder, which tells you the apprehension and the lack of trust he has in Bolingoli.

“People are having a pop about leaving that £10million on the bench but he’s doing that because he’s lost trust in him defensively. I don’t think it’s been a decision that’s been taken lightly, he’s gone with the players he trusts.

“He’s spent a lot of money but it doesn’t matter what they’ve cost, he’s not trusting them. That could be very, very costly.” 

Bolingoli had played every game of Celtic’s season prior to the second leg against Cluj, including starting the first leg of the tie.

He is the only natural senior left-back on the club’s books after the exit of Kieran Tierney this summer.

In other Celtic news, Darren Bent has been left asking a “big question” to Football Insider after the Hoops’ failure to progress.