Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro has cleared up the post-match discussion with Odsonne Edouard that took place last week.
In John Kennedy’s first game in charge vs Aberdeen, Edouard would prove to be the match-winner. However, it very easily could’ve finished 2-0 had the Frenchman not been so greedy at the death. Soro popped up alongside him and only had Joe Lewis to beat, but Edouard decided to take it on himself and proceeded to lose the ball.
The two were then snapped having a spirited discussion on the pitch at full-time. It was something that didn’t impress former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan. Speaking as a pundit for Celtic TV, Strachan said that he “wouldn’t be happy” if he was in charge due to the pair laughing it off.
However, the conversation clearly hasn’t affected Soro or Edouard negatively. He’s been speaking about the full-time confrontation, and explained that the main thing in the end was that victory was secured.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Soro said: “I’d love to do the same again [get into a goalscoring position]. I am ready for every match and I have a lot of confidence. Last week I was in a good position to score when Odsonne had the ball.
“I asked him about the situation. Initially, I wasn’t happy he hadn’t passed to me because I was in such a good position. But I also understand that he’s an attacking player, that we’re in the same team and the most important thing was that we won the game.”
Soro was rewarded for fine Aberdeen cameo with benching at Tannadice
As predicted, the chat was nothing of any real importance. Simply two players discussing a moment in the match that should’ve led to a more comfortable advantage. That Soro and Edouard were both smiling about it is hardly the end of the world.
It was, however, great to see that kind of confrontation from Soro. Even if it was friendly, it shows the fire he has and gives us an insight into his character. At times he’s in danger of being thought of as a player who’s just happy with everything and delighted to be getting an opportunity.
But his chat with the Frenchman last week showed that he has a bit more about him. That he isn’t afraid to discuss key incidents he feels need brought up with key players in the side.
Unfortunately, the duo never got the chance to combine yesterday. Kennedy rewarded Soro’s impressive cameo against Aberdeen by benching him at Tannadice. Worse than that, the Ivorian didn’t even get on the pitch. That’s despite the fact we lost control of the game during the final half hour.
Soro would’ve been a useful presence in the centre of midfield to reassert our dominance. Especially with Scott Brown hooked for the final 12 minutes or so.
The former Bnei Yehuda midfielder’s chances of starting the Glasgow derby in two weeks looks slim. But hopefully, at the very least, he gets some minutes on the pitch. His performance at Ibrox shouldn’t be forgotten about.