BUNGLING Boli Bolingoli may be heading back to Turkey – this time on a PERMANENT deal.

The Belgian left-back was taken on a hastily-arranged loan at Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir following his inexplicable hush-hush trip to high-risk Spain as he broke government lockdown guidelines in August.

He played five minutes of the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park before his secret holiday was exposed.

However, the defender was returned to the Parkhead side at the end of the campaign when Basaksehir decided against taking up the option to sign him.

SITTING IT OUT…Boli Bolingoli waits and wonders what lies ahead in the new season.

Bolingoli, though, is now a target for Turkish Super League new boys Altay SK, according to a report in the Daily Record.

The 25-year-old full-back, who cost £3million when he arrived from Rapid Vienna in June 2019, is in limbo at the moment with two years to run on his Hoops deal.

Bolingoli was a regular pick for his Turkish side before sustaining a knee injury while playing against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. He missed a chunk of the remaining campaign before returning to action for the run-in.

He is now on the radar of Altay with the Izmir club celebrating promotion to the top flight for the first time in 18 years after a play-off win.

New president Ozgur Ekmekcioglu has pledged to spend big money to make sure the club remain in the Super League and Bolingoli is high on his list of priority signings.

CQN asked our readers last weekend if Bolingoli deserved a second chance at Celtic. Here is how YOU voted in our EXCLUSIVE poll.


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