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‘I WANT TO PLAY AGAIN AND HAVE FUN,’ BOLINGOLI

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FROZEN-OUT defender Boli Bolingoli has finally quit Celtic – after only three first-team appearances in two seasons.

The disgraced Bhoy, who broke stringent Covid rules to go on a secret trip to Spain in August 2020 only days before the second Premiership game of the season at Kilmarnock, has signed a two-year deal with KV Mechelen.

Bolingoli, who cost Neil Lennon £3million when he arrived from Rapid Vienna in June 2019, has moved for an undisclosed fee to kick-start his career in Belgium.

NOW YOU SEE ME…Boli Bolingoli is his final appearance for Celtic in the 2-0 win over Motherwell at Fir Park in October last year.

The 27-year-old left-back, who had only 31 outings for the Hoops, told the Mechelen website: “I was just looking for a club where you feel like a family.

“From the first contact that was immediately clear. I want to play again and have fun.

“That’s my first goal at KV.”

Bolingoli, who was hurriedly despatched to Turkey in a year-long loan contract with Istanbul Basaksehir. He missed the run-in to the season through injury and was returned to Celtic in the summer.

He made two appearances for Ange Posetcoglou – the 1-0 loss in Livingston in September and the 2-0 win at Motherwell the following month – before another temporary transfer was arranged with the player heading for Russian club Ufa at the turn of the year.

However, he was left if football limbo when the country invaded Ukraine in January and the full-back was left to train on his own in his homeland in Belgium.

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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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