Rapid Vienna boss Dietmar Kuhbauer is finding the going tough when it comes to replacing his left back Boli Bolingoli who signed for Celtic two weeks ago.
The defender who has already made his debut away to Sarajevo has yet to properly show what he can do in a Celtic jersey with that debut cut short thanks to an injury.
The defender should be back for Celtic’s game on Wednesday against Sarajevo in the return leg and will be hoping to show the kind of form which is making his former boss bemoan his exit from Vienna.
Speaking to RecordSport, the Rapid manager said:
“We worked so hard last season on a 3-5-2 system, but the loss of Boli Bolingoli has hurt us terribly.
“He would have raced up the left wing like a rocket in this system. He’s a massive loss.
“And he is proving to be incredibly difficult to replace. Any time we want to look at a player, it seems his value goes up by hundreds of thousands because the selling club knows we have money.
“Boli has left a big hole in our team.”
Boli will have stiff competition from Kieran Tierney once the player is back from injury, providing Kieran is still a Celtic player by the end of the window.
The former Rapid star has a real chance to make his mark early on in these qualifiers.
We’re also just three weeks out from the start of a new SPFL campaign where the defender will get his first taste of Scottish football.