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New signing: Boli Bolingoli
New signing: Boli Bolingoli

By Gavin McCafferty

Belgian left-back Boli Bolingoli sought no assurances over Kieran Tierney's future before signing for Celtic.

And the 24-year-old will welcome the competition if the Scotland international stays at Parkhead beyond the summer transfer window.

Bolingoli completed his move from Rapid Vienna on Wednesday night amid reports that Napoli are set to make an offer for fellow left-back Tierney, who has been the subject of interest from Arsenal.

Celtic were already looking for a left-back following the departure of Emilio Izaguirre and the former Club Brugge player jumped at the chance to sign regardless of Tierney's future.

Bolingoli said: "I didn't ask anything. I just came for myself because I love the club. It's a big club, it's a big step in my career.

"I didn't ask if the player was going to stay or not. I came here for the club and to make history. If he is going to stay or not, it's going to change nothing for my decision at all.

"It's always healthy competition to have a colleague like this player. He is a good player, I have heard a lot of positive things about him.

"I am always open for healthy competition and if he stays then we will work together and try to give everything for the club."

Bolingoli scored four goals in 73 appearances during two seasons at Rapid, and quickly agreed a move to Glasgow without speaking to manager Neil Lennon, after first being alerted to Celtic's interest last week.

"Celtic is a big club in Europe and if you hear that Celtic are interested in you, of course you cannot say no," he added.

"It's the next step in my career and I also want to write the history of this club."

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