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£3m MISFIT ON WAY BACK

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CELTIC’S £3million misfit Boli Bolingoli is poised to return to the club after his loan move to Turkey was cut short.

The Belgian left-back got the boot from the Hoops following his inexplicable hush-hush trip to high-risk Spain and then ignoring coronavirus quarantine protocols when he returned.

Bolingoli, who was bought from Rapid Vienna in July 2019 to replace Kieran Tierney after his £25million switch to Arsenal, was involved in a cameo role as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on August 9 before his secret was revealed.

The 25-year-old defender was shipped out to Istanbul Basaksehir FK and had made 13 appearances before he sustained a knee injury in a Champions League meeting with Paris Saint-Germain in October.

Team boss Okan Buruk reckons Bolingoli will now be unavailable and, in a report in the Scottish Sun, said: “We have three players who are almost certainly out for the season – Boli Bolingoli, Martin Skrtel and Junior Caicara.

“The situation is we want replacements urgently for those players. This is a priority.”

Basaksehir had the option of buying Bolingoli at the end of his loan period, but it is unlikely they will pursue that clause.

Bolingoli is under contract at the Hoops until June 2023, but the odds are stacked against the erring Belgian ever donning the green and white hoops again.

 
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