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‘I KNOW I CAN BE SUCCESSFUL,’ INSISTS BOLINGOLI

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BLUNDER Bhoy Boli Bolingoli has spoken out after making his debut for Istanbul Basaksehir.

The disgraced Belgian left-back angered Celtic following his secret trip to high-risk Spain and followed up by ignoring the Scottish government’s quarantine guidelines to train with his team-mates at Lennoxtown before playing a cameo role in the 1-1 draw at Kilmarnock on August 9.

Bolingoli still has three years to run on his Hoops contract, but it is almost certain he has kicked his last ball for the nine-in-a-row champions.

He joined the Turkish champions on a season-long loan and made his first appearance as a second-half substitute in the 2-0 loss to Galatasaray who could face Steven Gerrrard’s Ibrox side in the Europa League play-off next week.

Bolingoli, speaking in a report in the Daily Record, said: “It was good to make my debut for the club, although it would have been better if we had won the game.

“We lost because of a ridiculous penalty decision against us.

“For me, I feel good and I think I will get better and stronger with each match I play for Basaksehir and I know I can be successful here.”

Bolingoli, who cost £3million when he joined from Vienna Rapid last summer, made 18 appearances for the Hoops as he struggled for consistency.

Neil Lennon brought in Greg Taylor at £2.25million from Kilmarnock on the September 1 deadline day while also utilising the versatility of Jonny Hayes.

The Scotland star played 16 times while the Republic of Ireland ace, who rejoined Aberdeen at the end of his contract in June, turned out on 26 occasions, 17 as substitute, while winning a Betfred League Cup medal in the 1-0 win over Gerrard’s Govan outfit in December.

Bolingoli could remain in Turkey after this campaign with Basalsehir having the option to make the move permanent.

 
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