Neil Lennon will have enjoyed easier 48 hour periods as manager of Celtic and will be hugely frustrated – to put it mildly – at the actions of Boli Bolingoli that have seriously hampered, not only his side domestically, but also putting their Champions League place in jeopardy.
The Hoops gaffer has, in his usual straight talking style, left the player with little doubt as to the severity of his actions, as has the First Minister but his future at Parkhead will no seriously be in doubt regardless of his status in the squad.
An internal investigation is unlikely to do little other than point out the level of stupidity of the full-back’s actions with the next few days likely to be focussed on how the club should discipline the player.
He has single handedly caused two Premiership fixtures to be postponed when there is just one free fixture week in the season, any other games that fall foul to the weather or require replays will only further compound the problem.
What should happen to Bolingoli?
UEFA have confirmed that “at this stage” the second qualifying round tie against Reykjavik is set to go ahead at Parkhead, and as long as there are no other revelations in the coming days, Lennon’s men should be able to get their continental campaign off and running.
Bolingoli cost £3million last summer but has potentially cost his club a whole lot more, if he has deliberately ignored team orders and specifically, instructions from the manager, his irresponsible appearance against Kilmarnock could well be his last.