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12-Aug-2020, 06:57 am

'It’s just appalling behaviour' - Celtic boss Lennon slams Bolingoli over coronavirus breach

Neil Lennon Celtic 2020-21

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has condemnedBoli Bolingoli for failing to follow the club's coronavirus guidelines, stressing he put the entire club in jeopardy.

Bolingolplayed for Celticagainst Kilmarnock on Sunday before the Hoops became aware of his travel breach .

The Scottish government hassince threatened to pause the Scottish Premiership season with Lennon not holding back when asked aboutBolingoli'sactions.

“I think it is one of the worst behaviours from an individual I have come across,” Lennon was quoted by The Scotsman .

“Everything has been tight and everything has been strict and he had been warned previously about travelling and he blatantly disregarded my instructions and the club’s instructions. It is a complete act of selfishness.

“It’s just appalling behaviour and one the club will deal with in the strongest 
possible way internally.

"He put everyone associated with the club, the playing staff, the backroom staff, the players at Kilmarnock and their staff in jeopardy. By the grace of God, he’s had two negative tests, but it’s not the point. It’s the lack of responsible behaviour which is paramount.”

Lennon was quick to defend the club's own behaviour surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, stressing thatBolingoli had simply decided to ignore Celtic's guidelines.

“You cannot be any clearer than saying, ‘Don’t leave Glasgow. Stay around if you are going to the shops or whatever’. Now we have to log in 
everything we have done in terms of where we’ve been," Lennon said.

"There are no restaurants, no socialising, no cafes, but this particular individual has decided to jump on a plane and go to Spain for a day, which is baffling. Then he comes back and doesn’t tell anybody where he has been.

"We have been totally oblivious to it for the whole week leading up to the Kilmarnock game on Sunday. Obviously he played some minutes in the game and, again, we were oblivious to it. But all this came out yesterday and blew up in our faces really. So, in terms of the club responsibility, the club can’t do any more. The club have done everything possible for my backroom team, the playing staff, the people who work here.

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