Celtic know how good Ismaila Soro is.
Or at least, that’s the indication we’re getting this morning. On his 23rd birthday, the club shared his impressive stats, via Stat Zone.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) May 7, 2021
The statistics of a starting Celtic midfielder, you’d assume? Not really; Soro hasn’t played a full 90 minutes since January [Transfermarkt]. With Scott Brown leaving in the summer, sentimentality has reigned, despite the Ivorian’s scoring form in late 2020/early 2021.
Soro’s stats are frustrating in a way. His 105 recoveries in 18 matches are considerably impressive. His bite and energy in midfield has been exactly what Celtic have lacked this season, with Brown looking way off the pace, and McGregor having to do twice the work.
It seems little coincidence that the season’s best form coincided with having Soro in the team. Despite that, he’s only enjoyed cameo roles in matches, the most recent being against Rangers. The Bhoys might even lose him in the summer, with Tottenham Hotspur reportedly interested.
It’s been frustrating to watch Celtic for so many reasons this season. But the reluctance to play a clearly talented midfielder has been one of the chief reasons.
Celtic supporters want to see more of Ismaila Soro, the “Ivorian Xavi”
So, given that Celtic tweeted, fans responded with typical vigour. There have been times when the social media output of the club has acted as if to upset the supporters, especially with no announcements regarding a new manager of Director of Football.
Celtic fans had their say on Soro:
The Ivorian Xavi
— 🇮🇪 Béal Feirste Bhoy 🇮🇪 (@BelfastHoop67) May 7, 2021
Shame he doesn’t play.
— SeanTheSheep (@beerandfootypls) May 7, 2021
gonna play him then
— Rachel Docherty (@racheldoc97) May 7, 2021
So why doesn’t he start more often?
— Hugh Parker 💙 (@hughp1970) May 7, 2021
Should be embarrassed posting these stats. 90% passing accuracy and only 18 starts 🤦🏼♀️
— Vicks Mc 1️⃣1️⃣1️⃣ (@vicksmclean) May 7, 2021
best player at the club
— sweaty (@mrcrumba) May 7, 2021
Were these stats made available to Lennon or Kennedy?
— Steven Clark (@hotbaws1) May 7, 2021
— 🍀 (@joehunter86) May 7, 2021
Sentimentality is stunting his growth as a player.
— Ryan McGinlay (@TheRyanMcGinlay) May 7, 2021
Tell John to play him then
— Joe🇮🇪 (@joem1967_) May 7, 2021