Celtic final: Lennon's former assistant convinced Ismaila Soro will start vs Hearts

By John McGinley

December 20, 2020

Neil Lennon’s former assistant manager at Celtic, Johan Mjallby, reckons he will stick with Ismaila Soro in the midfield today.

Soro started Celtic’s last two matches against Lille and Kilmarnock, winning plaudits from supporters and pundits.

It’s led to speculation that Lennon may opt for the Ivorian against Hearts in today’s Scottish Cup final, at the expense of legendary captain Scott Brown.

Could the veteran really be left out?

Mjallby thinks so, telling The Scotsman: “He is a true Celtic legend and he has been a tremendous leader over the last few years but at the same time I think Neil will stick with Soro after two games. I do think so because they have won the last two games now, Soro has been doing well and showing a lot of energy and the ability to win the ball back.

“I love Scott Brown. He has been tremendous and a true legend for Celtic but at the same time I think the answer to the question is that Neil is going to stick with Soro for this game.”

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We don’t have long to wait until the official team announcement. This debate will be cleared up sharpish.

Soro does look like the man for the task, going up against a Hearts midfield that includes Andy Halliday.

However, it’s not as if Broony doesn’t know how to win trophies at Hampden. He’s done enough of that over the years.

Scott Brown in Celtic training / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Today’s Celtic performance isn’t about one position or one man. Everyone needs to step up and show their worth.

Regardless of who starts, let’s hope we’re all celebrating a historic cup win.

In other news, Kenny Dalglish has weighed in on the Brown and Soro Celtic debate.