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DEFIANT BOLI UP FOR BATTLE

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BOLI BOLINGOLI is prepared for the Battle of the New Bhoys after the £2.25million arrival of Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor last week.

With the departure of Kieran Tierney and his understudy Emilio Izaguirre in the summer, Celtic boss Neil Lennon had to scour the market for left-back replacements.

Bolingoli arrived in a £3million switch from Rapid Vienna in June and Scotland international Greg Taylor confirmed his move just before the deadline last Monday.

The Belgian didn’t exactly hit the ground running and the defender, along with £7million centre-half Christopher Jullien, was left on the substitutes’ bench in the Champions League exit against Romanians of Cluj when the back-four leaked four goals on an evening to forget.

However, both of the recent purchases featured in the 2-0 triumph over Steven Gerrard’s outfit at Ibrox at the start of the month and will be hoping to be back in place for the midday Premiership confrontation at Hamilton on Saturday.

Bolingoli is raring to go and told this week’s Celtic View: “I feel like I’m starting to be the REAL Boli on the pitch, the Boli that loves to play and run.

“That energy was missing a bit in the beginning and I feel like I’m getting it back and getting the confidence back.

“I can see that in how I’m playing now. When I looked back on the previous games I noticed my body language was not the same.

“I have to show my real qualities at home now.

“I’m overcoming the challenges in front of me now and I’m feeling very mentally strong.

“I’m getting used to it now, though, and that means I can concentrate on my football.”

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