The green and white announced on Wednesday that they have signed left back Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo from Austrian side Rapid Vienna. The Belgian international signed a four-year contract with the Bhoys that will last until the end of the 2022-23 campaign after the club sent a reported three million pound fee to Austria.
Bolingoli-Mbombo was absolutely glowing with praise over his new club. He said that "It feels amazing, actually, to be part of the Celtic Family. I'm happy to be here at this club, and hopefully, I can help win more titles and trophies. This clubs wants to continue breaking records, and hopefully, we can do that in the future together."
The move feels like it came as a response to the multiple transfer rumors currently swirling around fellow Celtic left back Kieran Tierney. The 22-year-old standout full back could very well leave the club he's called home since he was in elementary school this summer, and the powers that be in Glasgow don't want to be caught with a gaping hole on their back line.
Securing Bolingoli-Mbombo's services also have the added perk of more continental experience. While he may have competed in lower leagues in both Belgium and Austria, the 24-year-old has still been afforded multiple opportunities to clash with Europe's elite in both the Champions League and Europa League. In fact, back in 2015, the Belgian scored two crucial goals against Besiktas in the Europe League round of 16 that helped lead Club Brugge to the quarterfinals.
So whether or not Tierney stays, it won't adversely affect the Hoops nearly as much as it would have if they hadn't purchased a guy who can work as either a backup or a suitable replacement.
And if nothing else, Bolingoli-Mbombo has some impressive familial pedigree as he's cousins with both Romelu and Jordan Lukaku.
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