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  • Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo: You can’t say no to a club like Celtic

    Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo: You can’t say no to a club like Celtic

    By: Joe Donnelly on 03 Jul, 2019 22:39

  • AFTER committing the next four years of his career to Paradise, new Bhoy Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo said he’s delighted to be part of the Celtic Family and can’t wait to hit the ground running in Glasgow.

    The 24-year-old left-sided player joins from Austrian top-flight outfit Rapid Vienna, and explained he was immediately keen to move to Scotland as soon as he became aware of Celtic’s interest.  

    “It feels great to have signed for Celtic,” he said. “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 club wants to continue breaking records, and hopefully we can do that in the future together.

    “I heard last week that the club were interested in me, they contacted my agent, and I said yes immediately. You can’t say no to a club like Celtic."

    Interestingly, Bolingoli-Mbombo made his Rapid debut in a friendly against Celtic in the summer of 2017. Now, two years on, the Belgian swaps Vienna’s green and white for the Hoops – following in the footsteps of Belgian ex-Celts Joos Valgaeren, Jason Denayer and Dedryck Boyata.

    Bolingoli-Mbombo also comes from a football family – his brother, Emeraude, plays for Belgian side, SC Eendracht Aalst, while his cousins, Jordan and Romelu Lukaku, play for Lazio and Manchester United respectively – and he’s now fully-focused on linking up with his new teammates, working hard on the training pitch and, ultimately, winning trophies.

    He added: “Celtic have always had great players and, of course, they’ve had a number of great Belgians too. Dedryck Boyata is one of them, and I’m happy to follow in a similar path. He had a positive influence on this club and hopefully I can do the same. I’m fast, and I use my skills and my speed on the left side. I love to play football and I enjoy my football.

    “I can’t wait to play at Celtic Park in front of 60,000 fans, for sure, that’s what I’ve been dreaming about, to play in the stadium, to play in that atmosphere. There was a great atmosphere at Rapid Vienna's games, but I think that it could be double, maybe triple that atmosphere here.

    “I can’t wait to play in this beautiful stadium, in the same colours - I must love green and white. I cannot wait!”

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