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‘Still in my thoughts’ – Celtic boss gives update on forgotten man

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has updated supporters on why forgotten man Boli Bolingoli isn’t being selected.

Glasgow Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli remains in Neil Lennon’s thoughts, despite being snubbed during the second half of the season.

The summer signing joined the Bhoys for £3million from Rapid Vienna and became a regular in the starting line-up right from the off.

That was until a hamstring injury forced Bolingoli from the field in a Scottish League Cup tie back in November, as Celtic defeated Hibernian 5-2.

The 24-year-old regained his spot in the line-up following his recovery in December, but since the winter break has only featured once for the Bhoys.

Celtic supporters have been bemused at the lack of opportunities handed to left-back Bolingoli, however head coach Lennon has commented on the situation.

“He is in and around it but the team is playing well so it’s been difficult for him to break back through,” Lennon said when asked about the defender, as reported by The National.

“He’s still in my thoughts for between now and the end of the season.”

Without Bolingoli, Celtic have strengthened their position at the top of the Scottish Premiership, as they currently lead Rangers by 13 points.

The Bhoys have crashed out of the Europa League, but are still on course to secure yet another treble having reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

It is a concern that the fullback has regressed since the turn of the year, falling from Celtic’s first-choice left-back to being left out of match day squads altogether.

Bolingoli could have become frustrated by his lack of opportunities to build on his 27 appearances this season, but Lennon’s comments do give him some hope.

While he is in the thoughts of the Celtic boss, it is up to the 24-year-old to prove that he is deserving of an opportunity between now and the end of the season.

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