CELTIC skipper Scott Brown has accused blundering Boli Bolingoli of putting extra pressure on the champions in their bid for a historic tenth successive title.
The Belgian’s sheer act of folly in making a secret trip to Spain and ignored government gudelines for self-isolation upon his return has now created mayhem in the Hoops’ fixture list.
Premiership games against St Mirren and Aberdeen have been cancelled in the furious backlash and the Hoops skipper claims all the Parkhead players are being punished for the actions of one man.
Brown, preparing for tonight’s crucial Champions League first-round knock-out qualifier against Iceland’s KR Reykjavik, told Celtic TV: “We play a lot of games over the season and now we have to cram these games in somewhere. I don’t know where we are going to cram them in.
“For us, he (Bolingoli) has made that mistake and we need to just worry about ourselves from now on and go on and make sure everyone is doing things by the book.
“It was one man’s mistake. We got punished, as well.
“But that’s football, we need to make sure that we bounce back and everyone learns from that mistake.”
Boss Neil Lennon has already admitted it will be difficult for Bolingoli, who cost £3million from Vienna Rapid last summer, to get back into the Celtic dressing room.
There seems little doubt his nine minutes in the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park will be his farewell appearance as a Hoops player.
With three years still to run on his contract, he will be moved on, possibly in an initial season-long loan deal.
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