Celtic-linked Ismaila Soro's character highlighted in touching story

By David Walton

January 14, 2020

Bnei Yehuda’s Celtic-linked Ismaila Soro has had his character highlighted thanks to a touching story from a former manager.

Soro has been the subject of interest from Celtic for some time now. The latest report has come from Sky Sports, who claim that Genk are also taking a look at the defensive-midfielder.

The Ivorian is an unknown quantity in that not many of us will have ever seen us in action. We don’t really know what kind of player we would be getting if we got a deal over the line, outside of where he plays on the pitch.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Ian MacNico l/ Getty Images)

However, it’s clear that we would be signing a player with immense bravery and mental toughness. Speaking in the Scottish Sun, former Yehuda boss Yossi Abukasis has revealed a touching story involving the death of Soro’s father.

“His father was sick back home and a day before the game in Baku he received the worst possible news a 21-year-old could get that his father had passed away.

“But Soro did not want to let his teammates down and not play in Europe. He was perfectly normal to everyone – it was as if nothing had happened. He told the management quietly what happened and gave us an express demand – we were not to tell any of the players about his tragedy until after the game.

“Ismaila believed the news might disrupt the build-up of the team for the match and affect our chances of qualifying. He played in a 2-2 draw which meant we qualified for the next round. He is incredibly professional and very driven and focused on becoming a big player at a top club in Europe.”

Money can’t buy that level of bravery

This is a brilliant story. It really does tell us a lot about the kind of man would be signing as well as the sheer determination of the player.

Celtic Park (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Half the battle at Celtic is being strong enough mentally. It’s all well and good having talent on your side, but if you can’t deal with pressure then you won’t succeed here.

Soro’s actions in this story proves that he has the mentality to cope with anything. If this is how he reacted to his father’s passing, it suggests he’ll be able to handle the pressure of playing in Glasgow.

The big question over the midfielder is of course whether he has the quality to play here. He’s clearly a key figure for Yehuda. playing 23 times already this season (Transfermarkt).

Wide view of Celtic Park (David Goddard/Getty Images)

The deal certainly doesn’t seem as close as was being reported last night (Daily Record). Soro doesn’t look anywhere near like agreeing on a deal with the Hoops as things stand.

Regardless, it’s clear at the very least that Soro has plenty about him when it comes to his mental strength.