Celtic left-back Boli Bolingoli has admitted that he endured a difficult start to his career at the club, as reported on the Daily Record.
The £3m summer signing looked nervous earlier in the season, but a succession of good performances has seen his confidence boosted.
The full-back was in top form in the 2-0 victory at Ibrox against Rangers before the international break and has earned plenty of praise from Celtic fans. He said:
I feel like I’m starting to be the real Boli on the pitch, the Boli that loves to play and run. That energy was missing a bit in the beginning and I feel like I’m getting it back and getting the confidence back.
I can see that in how I’m playing now. When I looked back on the previous games I noticed my body language was not the same. I have to show my real qualities at home now. That’s another challenge for me but that’s going to be alright.
Is the defender now on the right track?
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After recent performances, the answer has got to be yes. The defender, who arrived from Rapid Vienna, has shown signs in recent weeks that he could be Celtic’s long-term left-back.
He was immense against Rangers and the fact that he can openly admit his weaknesses shows that he has a willingness to improve and develop.
The 24-year-old is getting used to the physicality and intensity of the Scottish Premiership and is starting to settle into Neil Lennon’s team very well.
If he keeps working hard and putting in good performances, then he will undoubtedly be a huge success at the club because he already has the backing of the fans.