There’s likely to be quite a few changes in the Celtic squad ahead of the new season. And it could be a worry, as many gaps will need to be filled.
One of those positions appears to be left-back. Diego Laxalt has already left, with his season-loan spell from AC Milan coming to an end. And it looks like another man who could be on his way out of Parkhead soon is Boli Bolingoli.
Bolingoli’s trip to Spain in the early part of the previous season sparked a huge controversy. And soon, he was sent out on loan to Turkish side, Istanbul Basaksehir, who were in the UEFA Champions League last season.
He was getting some good minutes on the pitch with his loan side. But a knee injury kept him out of action for a significant length of time though. He did manage to return for the final few games of the campaign.
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Bolingoli could still be set to leave Celtic this summer
As reported by the Daily Record, Istanbul Basaksehir are not going to take up their option to buy included in the loan deal. But Bolingoli is wanted by Altay SK, who gained promotion to the Turkish Super Lig recently.
It is believed that the club want to make Bolingoli their first high-profile signing, after celebrating promotion to the first division of Turkish football for the first time in 18 years, following a play-off win.
Bolingoli leaving the club, especially on a permanent basis, would mean that Greg Taylor is left as the only recognised left-back. As a result, it would not be surprising to see them sign a new left-back or two over the course of the summer transfer window. One man that they have already been linked with is Bologna’s Aaron Hickey and it remains to be seen whether the club can bring him to Parkhead this time around, after failing to do so last summer when they were believed to be after his signature as well.