Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro finally secured his move to Parkhead yesterday, but there’s one particular tag he must be shielded from.
Scott Brown, as we all know, is into the final stages of his career. He’s already intimated his desire to retire once his current contract is up at the end of next season (Daily Record).
Naturally, that leads us as supporters on to who is going to replace the legendary skipper. And, perhaps to some extent, we can at times be a tad hasty in throwing the replacement tag onto any new defensive-midfielder we sign.
Soro arrives at the club from Bnei Yehuda with little known about him. He has played over 60 games in Israel, but that hardly determines whether you’re going to be a success at Celtic or not (Transfermarkt).
In the past, we’ve already seen how disappointing a new signing can be if you lump him with the pressurised tag. When Eboue Kouassi signed from Krasdonar in Russia, he was being described as a player who could fill Brown’s shoes (Daily Record).
Lessons must be learned from Kouassi
As a supporter myself, there was a growing desire to see him be the man who could come in and make the transition that would allow Brown to step down in the knowledge that we had finally signed a defensive-midfielder who could do his role.
It’s fair to say that flopped massively. Kouassi is now on loan with Genk after only making 22 appearances in three years at Parkhead (Transfermarkt). Even if he does impress in Belgium, it’s difficult to see a route back for him at Celtic.
And much of the disappointment in Kouassi’s lack of development comes from the fact we’ve been told that he can be next in line to take Brown’s place.
This is a huge responsibility to throw on a new player’s head. Soro will be dealing with enough in having to adapt to a different way of life and footballing style. The last thing he needs is being told that he’s to replace Celtic’s treble-treble winning captain.
Kouassi was even given the label by Brendan Rodgers despite a disappointing first year at the club (Daily Record). Players need to earn the right before they can be considered as Broony’s replacement. It’s not something we should be tossing at the first midfielder we sign.
Soro could do without all of that for now. For him, it should be all about ensuring he adapts to Scotland as smoothly as possible.