Celtic fans demand Ismaila Soro starts derby; Lennon must make the right call
If there’s one thing that Celtic fans are united on right now, it’s the positivity surrounding midfielder Ismaila Soro.
The Ivorian 22-year-old has been a breath of fresh air in the heart of the Celtic team of late.
Neil Lennon has recently taken the decision to prefer the January signing ahead of stalwart Scott Brown.
That call has also allowed the manager to deploy a diamond midfield in support of two strikers.
Soro’s mobility and energy is a far better fit at the base of that diamond compared to the Celtic legend.
However, Lennon also played Brown in the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts, suggesting that the captain is still his go-to man in the biggest games.
A huge Celtic decision
Not playing Brown against Rangers next week at Ibrox would be a major call.
Could we really go into a title-defining match like that without our leader?
The answer to that, for many, is yes.
Brown’s performances this term haven’t exactly provided comfort.
There are some who don’t think he has the legs, or the quality, to compete at the level a derby demands these days.
That may be harsh, but there’s definitely a clamouring for Lennon to play Soro against the league leaders, despite his lack of experience.
Fans have seen enough over the last few matches to demand that the manager plays the battling Ivorian.
These supporters have taken to Twitter this weekend to share their thoughts…
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Thats yer team for a win at ibrox.
— Jamie (@JamieLisbon67) December 27, 2020
Merry Christmas lads have a good one hopefully Santa comes through and we all get to see soro and turnbull at ibrox! 🍀
— Archie 🍀🏴 (@akb_67) December 25, 2020
If Soro doesn’t start at Ibrox I’m driving up the road for a one man protest at Parkerz
— McAngry (@mcangry) December 26, 2020
Brown doesn’t come in to the team for ibrox. We’ve not had a sniff in midfield in last 3 games against them. Even last week v hearts he was more interested in winding people up. Soro stays in team all day long
— Steven Mcaneney (@mcaneneys) December 26, 2020
He’s going to start Brown instead of Soro at Ibrox. I understand why, I just don’t think it’s actually the right decision. Soro reminds me of Kayal an absolute terror to anyone who has the ball. Snipping away at the feet to win it back. You need legs and energy for that role.
— @gally (@__gally) December 26, 2020
To change that Celtic starting eleven now would be full fat daftness.
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— Dominik Diamond (@DominikDiamond) December 26, 2020
Soro’s performances mean absolutely nothing if he doesn’t start at Ibrox
— Keigan Cunningham 🍀 (@KeiganC88) December 27, 2020
Excellent point. Soro must start at Ibrox. https://t.co/bHsl2wvmEo
— Eamonn Coyle (@EamonnCoyle85) December 27, 2020
In other news, Neil Lennon has singled Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard out for praise after yesterday’s win over Hamilton.