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BOLI’S VOW: ‘I KNOW I HAVE TO DO BETTER’

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NEW Bhoy Boli Bolingoli has vowed to improve following his Parkhead debut in the 2-1 Champions League qualifying win over FK Sarajevo.

The Belgian left-back, a £3million recruit from Rapid Vienna, excited the fans with his raids into attack, but boss Neil Lennon asked questions of his defensive discipline – especially at the Bosnians’ equalising goal.

Bolingoli was punished for a slack pass with the visitors wiping out Ryan Christie’s opening strike, but Callum McGregor came to the team’s rescue with a whiplash left-foot drive for the winner on the night to give the Hoops a 5-2 aggregate triumph.

The 24-year-old back-four operator acknowledged he still had work to do on the defensive side of his game, but insisted he will adapt to the needs of his new team.

Bolingoli, speaking to STV, revealed: “I’m still learning. In my youth, I was always an offensive player and I’m still learning the defensive parts. I know that I still need to progress defensively.

“I know I have to do better. I’m a left-back, so the first thing is defending and my offensive qualities I have already, but I have to become a better defensive player.

“I’m still adapting and, hopefully, I can become a bigger player here.

“I think the tactics are perfect for me. I’m an offensive player and Celtic always play offensive and like to have the ball.”I think in the future it will be better than this game.”

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