Celtic favourite Ismaila Soro desperate for fans to return to Parkhead

By Euan Davidson

July 14, 2021

If you don’t already love Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro, where have you been?

The Ivorian midfielder has been the epitome of “playing with a smile” since breaking through at Celtic. Making his first real impact against Lille in the Europa League back in December [BBC], Soro quickly became a fan favourite.

About those fans: since March 2020, supporters have been locked out of Paradise. 2,000 supporters are expected to turn up at Celtic Park to see the Bhoys take on Preston. The club are reportedly talking to the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council to host 18,000 fans against FC Midtjylland next Tuesday.

And Soro, the loveable defensive midfielder, is desperate to play in front of the Hoops faithful again. On Celtic’s Instagram, the Ivorian expressed his love for the supporters. At this stage, the feeling is mutual.

Soro said [Celtic Instagram]:

“A long time ago, I wanted to see all the fans in Celtic Park. And first when I heard they were coming and I [saw] all the families, it’s amazing.

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“I want it to be a lot of fun. Not only 2,000 fans, I want all the fans.”

Of course a Celtic player is going to say they want supporters back. While it can’t be used as an excuse, fans would’ve undoubtedly made a significant difference last season. While other clubs thrived in empty stadia, Celtic are perhaps more reliant on their supporters than even we imagined.

Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro could be crucial this season

With Scott Brown away, Ismaila Soro has an extremely important role this season. The Ivorian midfielder has an unbelievable engine, able to win the ball back repeatedly and move it on quickly.

Ismaila Soro being amazing on Instagram / (via Celtic FC Instagram)

While he’s not the finished article, there’s real hope in the support that Soro can become a cornerstone of Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic. With his impressive work-rate, pass accuracy and ability to get up and down the pitch, he’s reminiscent of peak Broony. If he’s able to match the former captain’s consistency, we have a fantastic player.

While Liam Shaw will provide stern competition as an all-action, box-to-box midfielder in his own right, we have options. Over-reliance on key midfielders was a significant issue last season, with tiredness playing a part in grim performances.

This Celtic midfield has a freshness to it, suddenly. And Ismaila Soro, who loves playing in front of supporters, is leading the charge.

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