Celtic midfielder Soro faces cooking embargo after Lennon warning

By Euan Davidson

December 26, 2020

Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro knows all about mastering a midfield. He’s shown as much in games against Lille and Ross County, living up to Kanté comparisons.

His tackling, work-rate and passing are all excellent, but he hasn’t mastered his kitchen yet.

Having given himself food poisoning the day before Celtic’s Scottish Cup Final, Soro could only play a cameo role as the Bhoys won the Quadruple Treble.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Neil Lennon confirmed that Soro had missed most of the final due to a self-inflicted mishap.

Celtic midfielder Soro / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic need Soro out of the kitchen

Neil Lennon told the press:

“Soro is living on his own over here and we had to take our time with him. But he has done really well in the last few games and he gets better as matches go on.

“His passing is crisp and he covers the ground well.

“He’s a happy lad. He always has a smile on his face and he’s enjoying it.

“We couldn’t start him in the Scottish Cup final because he came down with food poisoning on the Saturday night. I told him he isn’t allowed to cook again — he must eat in the canteen!

“He had sickness and diarrhoea the night before, although he felt better in the morning.

“Soro still has to mature a bit in that sense but he will learn.”


Should Celtic have inserted a “no raw food” clause? / (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Feasting in the middle of the park

Granted, he won’t have been the only one in the Celtic squad with a dodgy stomach ahead of a historic fixture, but that’s unfortunate stuff.

With Rangers coming up on the 2nd of January, we’re hoping the Ivorian either adopts a vegan diet (BBC), or avoids cooking altogether over the next few weeks.

Still, it’s great to hear he’s enjoying his football, if not his food. Having been out of the team for much of his stay in Glasgow thus far, you could forgive Soro for feeling a bit left out.

Since making Lennon’s team, however, he’s been an absolute revelation.

Will the unfortunate chef make Celtic’s team against Hamilton? Find out our thoughts here.