There are growing calls for midfielder Ismaila Soro to start his first competitive match for Celtic, as Neil Lennon’s Bhoys continue to try and find some form.
A dreadful run of results has the manager on the brink of a Celtic Park exit and only wins are now going to dig him out of a hole.
Despite several first-team regulars underperforming in recent months, Lennon has stood by his favourite regulars.
Players such as Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie look untouchable when it comes to starting eleven selection.
Soro has yet to even make his first start for the club despite signing in January, coming off the bench four times since his arrival.
On each occasion, he’s looked pretty tidy in possession and capable of providing a bit of energy and hunger to the middle of the park.
As my colleague Euan Davidson pointed out earlier, he didn’t give the ball away once during his short cameo on the pitch at the San Siro.
He is surely one of the players most desperate to impress right now, given his lack of football. Harnessing that for matches ahead could be a shrewd move from the manager.
If he can add a bit more drive to the heart of the midfield, in place of Brown, during Scottish Premiership matches, then our attacking players could have competent support in the final third, even though he’s a defensively-minded player.
At the very least, he needs a run of games so we can determine whether he has any long-term future at the club or not.
These fans have taken to social media over the last couple of days to share their thoughts on his potential inclusion…
Would like to see Soro get a start on Sunday. Turnbull needs to start getting blooded into this team quickly. Frimpong needs took out the side for a bit.
— Jamie (@Jamie8419) December 3, 2020
Surely after his Wee Cameo Soro deserves a start on Sunday to see what he has. Lennon has subbed Brooney in the last 5 games
— paul wilkie (@wilkie_p) December 3, 2020
Wee Soro stays in that team for Sunday and broony gets a much needed rested 👍🏻 frimpong deployed as winger infront of elhamed from now on in and julien and eddy plays every week unless injured or suspended … Lenny must no he is a draw away from the sack . No more slip ups !!🍀
— Joseph Michael Naughton (@J003NAU) December 3, 2020
Soro starts over Brown on Sunday btw. He adds do much energy and he actually looks to pass the ball forward.
— AD2 (@adthelad67) December 3, 2020
I want to see hazard in goals on Sunday and also want soro and turnbull in midfield and Griffiths partnering eddy.4 changes that we desperately need in that team .hope ur listening neil Francis lennon 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀
— Stephen Kennedy (@Stephenjames187) December 4, 2020
Soro got 2 start on Sunday
— James Kelly ⭐ (@jay1888kay) December 4, 2020
Few positives , but same frailties at the back. Soro needs more game time. All about sunday 🍀
— Liam McGeachy (@liammcgeachy88) December 3, 2020
Soro needs to start on Sunday.
— Gary Muir (@GaryMuir20) December 3, 2020