Neil Warnock has told TalkSPORT that he tried to sign Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli last week and spoke to the Scottish champions about luring the left-back to Middlesbrough on loan – but is now thankful a move failed.
Bolingoli, 25, has been widely criticised by his own manager, players, fans and pundits alike after he travelled to the high risk country of Spain for a day and failed to quarantine on his return – even playing for the Hoops.
It is believed the £3million signing (TalkSPORT) flew to Spain for a day earlier in the week and instead of quarantining, he trained and played against Kilmarnock in a 1-1 draw – before confessing to what he had done.
Speaking about Bolingoli’s actions, Middlesbrough boss Warnock has claimed he rang Celtic to try and take him on loan and is now glad a move did not work out. Asked if he would now sign him, Warnock said he would not.
“I rang Celtic last week asking about Bolingoli on loan. It’s a good job I didn’t get him, isn’t it?”Asked if he would go back in for him, Warnock replied: “No, not now. It’s just one of those things.”
TBR’s view – Celtic need to get rid of Bolingoli as soon as possible
But that could be harder than first believed, following Warnock’s comments. Bolingoli has endured a difficult spell at Celtic anyway, but his recent antics are likely to put clubs off – especially on these shores.
Signing Bolingoli following his actions would only draw a negative reaction, right now. Offloading him to a club overseas should be the order of the day and French side Amiens have reportedly made a loan-to-buy offer.