Neil Lennon hopeful Bolingoli-Mbombo will join Celtic imminently

Neil Lennon the head coach

Celtic are set to snap up Rapid Vienna left back Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo.

Neil Lennon the head coach

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has told the Daily Record that Rapid Vienna left back Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo is on the verge of a move to Parkhead.

The Bhoys have tied up two impressive signings with defender Christopher Jullien and midfielder Luca Connell arriving, but a new left back is a must.

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Question marks linger over the future of Kieran Tierney amid interest from Arsenal and Napoli, whilst backup Emilio Izaguirre has left the club on a free transfer.

 

Signing at least one back is imperative, and another may well be needed down the line if Tierney goes, but Lennon is close to getting another option in.

The Daily Record note that Celtic are close to a £3million deal for Rapid Vienna's Bolingoli-Mbombo, and Lennon has now tackled the matter.

Lennon has admitted that a deal for Bolingoli-Mbombo is 'not too far away', and praised him as strong, athletic and good on the ball, adding that he hopes the deal is done in time to play in the Champions League.

“We are not too far away and he will be another good addition to the squad,” said Lennon. “He gives us competition at left back, he’s strong, athletic and good on the ball. He fits the criteria and hopefully he’ll be in before Thursday,” he added.

Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo of SK Rapid Wien in action during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 First Leg match between SK Rapid Wien and FC Internazionale at Allianz Stadion on February 14,...

Celtic have until 11pm on Thursday to register new signings for their Champions League qualifying clash with FK Sarajevo on Tuesday, and Bolingoli-Mbombo should be on board.

The £3million fee appears to be an absolute bargain. Bolingoli-Mbombo – the cousin of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku – is of a good age at 24, has blistering pace and great attacking play, and will have aspirations of playing for Belgium.

He fits perfectly either as great cover for Tierney or as a player who can step in should Tierney move on, possessing immediate quality as well as real potential – and for £3million, that's a snip.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - March 17: Michael Blauensteiner of Hartberg and Boli Bolingoli  Mbombo of Rapid Wien during the tipico Bundesliga match between Rapid Wien and TSV Hartberg at Allianz...

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