He’s back. Wow. I never saw that coming at all. Bolingoli makes his first start under the new boss today, at a time when most of us had written him off and thought that he was never again going to pull on a jersey for Celtic.
This is the story of the day. It’s the only one people are going to be talking about until the games are over with, and let’s face it, it is a significant surprise. He seemed to be so far outside of the reckoning that seeing him in the team is genuinely jolting.
McCarthy starts. We’ve all waited to see that. Abada is back and so is Welsh.
There is no Starfelt in the squad and Juranovic starts on the right.
The manager is shuffling his pack. There is still no place for Giakoumakis on the bench, but Scales makes it and so does Mikey Johnson. We have Ajeti playing up front with Jota and the Israeli out wide.
These are big decisions from the boss. They are interesting decisions. We will find out if they are the right decisions in due course. I can only assume we still have a few injury issues, and perhaps even a new one or two with Starfelt’s absence.
However this game goes today, it will be interesting to see how Bolingoli plays for the club. It will be interesting to see if he puts on a show. This is his opportunity to show us that he still has something to offer.
He let this club down badly with his behaviour and of that there is no doubt, but let me say what everyone already knows; if he had been a key player most of our fans would have forgiven him already.
He has paid a whopping price for his stupidity, but let nobody hand out lectures to our club when an Ibrox right back broke protocols twice and is now a media darling.
Our manager believes in second chances.
We should take a leaf out of his book.