Ismaila Soro could miss key Celtic games in 2022 if he earns Ivory Coast recall

By David Walton

October 14, 2021

Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro could miss some key games for the Hoops at the start of 2022 if he manages to earn a recall with the Ivory Coast.

Yesterday, we spoke about the influence the Asian World Cup Qualifiers could affect Celtic’s January and February schedule. This is because Kyogo Furuhashi and Tom Rogic could be in action for Japan and Australia respectively.

However, they aren’t the only Hoops players who could be away from the senior side during that period.

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Whilst it currently seems unlikely considering he didn’t make the October squad, there’s still an outside prospect of Ismaila Soro being called up by the Ivorians for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

Soro was given his first call-up for his national team back in May. However, he wasn’t handed a debut despite a regular run in the Celtic side. But it did come at a time when his performance levels had dipped.

If he manages to get regular minutes and earn a surprise call-up for AFCON, he could miss as many as 4 matches should they go all the way. With the competition running from January 9th to February 6th, that would potentially leave him out of games against Hearts, Dundee United, and Motherwell respectively. Not to mention an as of yet unscheduled Scottish Cup match.

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Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro still has work to do to break into Ivory Coast setup

It looked as though Soro had made his way into the Ivory Coast reckoning back in May when he bagged his first call-up. However, it’s been followed by 2 international caps in which he hasn’t been selected.

This has, however, come at a time when he’s struggling for regular starts at Celtic. Ange Postecoglou has only given Soro 5 starts since he arrived at the club in the summer. All of a sudden, his place in the Hoops team is anything but secure [Transfermarkt].

But if he does start to find some form, it’s not inconceivable that he makes a late run for the squad. Especially with another international camp coming up in November that he could stake a claim for.

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The Ivory Coast will be expected to go far at this season’s AFCON. Therefore, if Soro does manage to bag a call-up for the competition, he’ll likely be away for some time. He should, however, be available to face Rangers on January 2nd before heading off.

So we’ll see what the future holds in the coming months for Soro. There’s no denying that his first goal needs to be regular appearances in the Celtic starting XI once again. For whatever reason, that’s alluded him this season.

If he wins his place back in the near future? There’s still plenty of time for him to make an impression before AFCON.

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