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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: ‘BOLINGOLI IS DONE’ AT CELTIC, CLAIMS EX-GER, WELL CRISIS, GOODWIN’S MIXED EMOTIONS, HAMILTON OKAY

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BOLI BOLINGOLI is finished at Celtic, claims former Rangers striker Kevin Kyle.

The Belgian left-back cost £3million when he arrived from Rapid Vienna in the summer as the Hoops prepared for the £25million exit of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal.

Neil Lennon had to find a solution to the No.3 problem with Emilio Izaguirre leaving at the end of his contract. Scotland international Greg Taylor was bought from Kilmarnock for £2.25million on the September 2 deadline day to bolster his options.

Bolingoli overcame a sticky spell at the champions after struggling to settle in the early games and had clocked up 27 appearances before the turn of the year.

However, he disappeared off Lennon’s radar following a poor performance in the 2-1 loss to Rangers at Parkhead on December 29.

Jonny Hayes and Taylor have alternated in the position and Bolingoli’s only outing in 2020 so far has been the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Championship part-timers Clyde at Broadwood on February 9.

One-time Hoops prospect Paul Slane, speaking on Open Goal podcast, claimed the defender’s time was up at the champions.

Kyle, who also had spells at Hearts and Kilmarnock, agreed and said: “Bolingoli is done. He has come in and got a bit of stick at the beginning, turned it around with a few decent performances, but has been found wanting recently whenever he’s been called upon.

“The manager knows that, to a point, what he’s going to get from Jonny Hayes. Whereas with Bolingoli, he hasn’t got a scooby doo whether he’s going to turn up.”

Bolingoli was missing from the squad for Sunday’s confrontation with Aberdeen at Pittodrie where the versatile Hayes replaced the injured Taylor in the 25th minute.

The international defender is doubtful for tomorrow night’s Europa League clash against FC Copenhagen in Denmark and it is likely the 32-year-old Republic of Ireland international will deputise again.

STEPHEN ROBINSON has admitted Motherwell are down to the “bare bones” after Jake Carroll’s injury during their Scottish Cup penalty-kick shoot-out exit against St Mirren last night.

The defender was forced went off injured in the closing moments of an epic 4-4 stalemate, in which his side came back from 4-1 down before losing on spot-kicks.

Carroll’s setback means the Well boss is now without seven players from his first-team squad.

Robinson, speaking to the BBC sport, said: “Jake has got a serious injury. It doesn’t look good at all.

“We’re down to bare bones now.”

Jon Obika’s double either side of Liam Polworth’s leveller, an own goal, and Sam Foley’s strike had the Saints in control at the break.

But Tony Watt and Rolando Aarons reignited the tie, before Allan Campbell’s cross deflected in to level. However, neither side could score in extra-time and the Paisley outfit won the shoot-out.

ST MIRREN boss Jim Goodwin didn’t know whether to laugh or cry after his side’s penalty-kick win over Motherwell to reach the Cup quarter-finals.

The Paisley outfit led 4-1 at half-time at Fir Park, but the home side fought back for a 4-4 draw before Jermaine Hylton’s penalty miss handed the visitors a 3-2 shoot-out win.

Goodwin, whose side host Kilmarnock or Aberdeen in the last eight, told STV: “The first-half was so good and possibly could have been even better.

“We knew Motherwell had nothing to lose and would throw absolutely everything at us.

“When it goes to four-each, you are fearing the worst, so I have to give credit to my players at that stage because it would have been easy to think it wasn’t going to be our night.

“Relief is probably the main emotion, slightly embarrassed about the second-half, but the bottom line is we are in the quarter-finals.”

HAMILTON ACCIES defender Jamie Hamilton, sent off in the 2-2 draw with Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday, has had his red card rescinded following the club’s successful appeal against referee Kevin Clancy decision.

The 17-year-old was facing a four-week ban for what was his third sending-off of the campaign.

Hamilton is suspended for the derby visit by Motherwell at the weekend following his dismissal against Celtic in the 4-1 loss at the FYO Stadium recently.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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