The calls for Ismaila Soro to return to the Celtic fold have begun
It’s not surprising to see the calls for Ismaila Soro to return to the Celtic fold crop up again.
The Ivorian has struggled for minutes under John Kennedy after a flurry of starts over the course of December and January.
Indeed, Soro was part of a Celtic side that bossed things at Ibrox back in December as we played our rivals off their own park. Granted, we lost 1-0 in the end, but Soro’s energy and drive as the deep point of the diamond was key for us.
We saw in yesterday’s Scottish Cup defeat to Rangers just how slow Scott Brown is in dealing with pacey threats. It gives us no joy to say this, but Ryan Kent had him beat far too often. It was never more evident than for the first goal either.
But Brown’s overall display was far too passive. Rangers were back to completely bypassing him with ease, whilst the aggressive Broony we’ve come to expect wasn’t on show.
Ismaila Soro needs to be given a pathway into the first-team; Brown’s days now numbered
You could see why interim boss John Kennedy started him. It’s his final meaningful game in Govan and it would’ve been oh so sweet if we’d have picked up the win. It was a chance for him to get a final laugh over his long-term rivals.
Now, however, the situation has changed. We have nothing to play for anymore and Brown is off for Aberdeen in the summer. For the good of the team, it’s therefore essential that Kennedy plays his long-term replacement – Soro – in the remaining games.
The Ivorian has been starved of action in recent weeks. He’s only played 14 league minutes and 18 Scottish Cup minutes under Kennedy in six matches. He’s become an afterthought due to Brown’s recent form combined with the sentimentality aspect.
Regardless, it’s time to move on and give Soro some of these high-profile games between now and the end of the campaign. Celtic travel to Pittodrie on Wednesday night and are then back at Ibrox on May 2nd. We’ve also got a trip to Easter Road still to come. What an opportunity that is for the likes of Soro to get used to some big games again before the new season.
And fans have been demanding that Kennedy makes the change as they react to yesterday’s poor display:
This was our last chance at redeeming a bit of dignity this season…. You play your best players, no room for sentiment. Soro for me done more in his few games than brown has all season
— ryan denholm (@rdenholm18) April 18, 2021
Apart from a 10-minute cameo on the final game of the season, I’d like to see Scott Brown replaced by Ismaila Soro in the first-team going forward.
We are learning NOTHING by continuing to play him.
— Ryan McGinlay (@TheRyanMcGinlay) April 18, 2021
Trumbull has always played far better with Soro on. But you have to play Brown & McGregor apparently.
— Raffles (@FNole) April 18, 2021
Soro should be in for Brown….to be fair it's pointless now,damage is done,shoulda kept Lennon,team the same,tactics the same….
— Ian Scobie (@scoblerone10) April 18, 2021
That's the season finished.
Where feasible we need to play players who are going to be here next season going forward.
The likes of Soro, Ajeti, Barkas along with some of the youth prospects need game time to stake a claim.
There's no point in using deadwood now. pic.twitter.com/C1RsbmHzq5
— Everything Celtic (@aboutceltic) April 18, 2021
Why is brown playing in front of soro also! Dont care how long he's been at the club, he's leaving he's been poor! #Celtic
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