Neil Lennon has provided a timeframe for when we can expect to see Ismaila Soro’s debut at Celtic.
Finally the Hoops managed to seal the deal with the former Bnei Yehuda man, with the club announcing his signing yesterday evening.
As is expected, many eyes will now turn to when we can expect to see him in action. As of yet, we’ve only had a brief glimpse of Patryk Klimala, who signed earlier on in the window from Jagiellonia Bialystok.
And speaking about when we’ll first see Soro, Lennon spoke at his pre-match presser via Celtic TV regarding his new man:
“We’ll have to see what his condition is, but he’s been playing up until the end of the year. Probably been training on his own for the last week or so. So he may need a week or two of adaption before we decide to use him.
“It’s probably too early for him to be in the squad for tomorrow.”
Is Soro the power player we need in the engine room?
Nobody will be surprised by the fact that Soro won’t be available for tomorrow. Players always need time to adapt to a new lifestyle and football style. Coming from Israel, Soro will have quite the adaption period ahead of him.
However, it’s great to hear that he should be ready in a couple of weeks max. It seems to be that Lennon sees Soro for the here and now, and that’s ideal given what happened with Eboue Kouassi.
When Soro’s countryman Kouassi signed for Celtic back in January 2017, he didn’t make his debut until two months after signing from Russia. He only made four appearances after that before the campaign ended (Transfermarkt). Fans would be right to be worried about whether Soro’s adaption period would be similar coming from Israel.
It’s going to be extremely exciting to see what Soro’s game entails. He’s a defensive midfielder, but whether he has the power we were missing against Rangers last month remains to be seen.
What’s vital is that Lennon now sticks by this time-frame of a week or two. If he doesn’t and it drags on longer, it doesn’t set the right tone for a player who’s supposed to be making an immediate impact. Again, you look back to Kouassi, who never managed to recover after a slow first campaign to his Celtic career.
So thankfully Lennon seems ready to give him a chance as soon as he’s physically prepared. With a host of games coming up between now and March, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to ease him in.