Celtic target Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo has left Rapid Vienna’s training ground as Neil Lennon aims to have two new faces ahead of Thursday’s Champions League deadline.
A deal for the 24-year-old left-back/winger is close, with the Belgian set to finalise a £3million switch to Parkhead this week ahead of Tuesday’s qualifier against FK Sarajevo.
Mbombo has left Rapid’s training ground and looks set to be Lennon’s third summer signing after Christopher Jullien and Luca Connell.
A tweet from his club said: ” Today no longer in Bad Zell is Boli
#Bolingoli- our number 5 received permission to leave the training camp yesterday. If there is more news about him, we will get back to you!”
Mbombo won’t be the only fresh face at Celtic ahead of Thursday’s 4 July deadline for the tie against the Bosnian side if Lennon gets his way.
Speaking after last night’s 0-0 draw with St Gallen rounded off their pre-season tour, Lennon said: “We are not too far away and he will be another good addition to the squad.
“He gives us competition at left-back, he’s strong, athletic and good on the ball.”
The match may have ended goalless but it wasn’t free from controversy. Celtic, the first Scottish club to be taking part in a match using VAR, were awarded a first half tech-assisted penalty.
Odsonne Edouard went on to see his effort palmed away by Dejan Stojanovic.
In the second half, VAR was also used to confirm the sending off of Jozo Simunovic, who left the ref with no option after raising his boot.
The centre–half could now face a ban for Tuesday’s crucial trip to the Asim Ferhatovic-Hase stadium, also known as the Kosovo City Stadium.
Celtic looked ponderous and lacking in creativity, so it’s hoped the new faces will provide a boost when they’re up to speed and available.
Lennon said of the tour: “We’ll be better for it in terms of our training and match-sharpness.
“It’s too early to say where we are. We still need to get Jullien up to speed and are hoping to bring one or two more in before the July 4 deadline.
“We are in good shape and with a couple more bodies in we will be even better.
“We know the areas we need to strengthen.”
Luton Town right-back Jack Stacey is among the new faces who could arrive, although reports of a £2million bid were batted away as ‘speculation’ by Lennon.
Meanwhile, the Celtic boss’s long-term pursuit of West Brom midfielder Rekeem Harper could still bear fruit.