BOLI BOLINGOLI sweated through 90 minutes of sheer agony the last time Cluj played at Parkhead – and he wasn’t even on the pitch.
The £3million Belgian left-back remained on the substitutes’ bench for the entire game as the Romanians rocked Celtic with a sensational 4-3 win to send the Hoops toppling out of the Champions League on a 5-4 aggregate.
It was an evening of abject misery for the manager, the players and the supporters as another crack at the lucrative stages – worth around £30million – of the elite competition ended in such a shocking fashion.
And Bolingoli, who arrived from Rapid Vienna in the summer as part of Neil Lennon’s multi-million pound rebuild, is determined Dan Petrescu’s club will be on the receiving end on this occasion as he prepares for Thursday’s Europa League Group E encounter under the lights in the east end of Glasgow.
The raiding, adventurous full-back, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Of course, now we have a chance of revenge against Cluj, absolutely.
“We’re at home and it’s a big game for us, so we have to show Cluj who we really are this time.
“For me, the biggest disappointment wasn’t not playing against them, but that we were knocked out of the Champions League.
“I was on the bench that night, but I really wanted us to qualify for that competition.
“It was strange that we scored three goals at home and still lost.
“That was very hard to take, but we have to forget that because it’s over. We can move on now.
“We’re in the Europa League group stage and want to do something in this competition.
“With the squad and the quality we have, I believe we can be successful in this tournament and achieve some of our goals at the end of the season.”