Celtic sign the Holy Boli from Rapid Vienna
Celtic have announced their third signing of the summer transfer window with the £3 million capture of Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo from Rapid Vienna, on a four year deal.
The Belgian left back moves to the Scottish Champions after two years with the Austrian outfit, coincidentally his first game for Vienna was a pre-season friendly against Celtic in the summer of 2017.
Speaking to the official Celtic website, after signing, Mbombo said: “It feels great to have signed for Celtic. 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."
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!”
The 24-year-old kicked off his professional career with Club Brugge, spending four years with the Belgian side before moving to Austria - making 73 appearances, scoring three times and ten assists.
Mbombo is the brother of Emeraude Bolingoli-Mbombo, who plays for SC Eendracht Aaist in Belgium and the cousin of Jordan and Romelu Lukaku - who play for Lazio and Manchester United respectively.
His first game for Celtic could be in next week’s Champions League qualifier against FK Sarajevo.
The £3 million signing of Mbombo now takes Celtic’s summer spending to over £10 million with the previous captures of Luca Connell and Christopher Jullien.