New Celtic signing Ismaila Soro is closing in on making his Hoops debut after Neil Lennon revealed in a press conference today that he could be in Sunday’s squad to face Clyde in the Scottish Cup (Celtic YouTube).

Lennon’s team will continue their defence of the trophy this weekend against a team that unbelievably knocked us out in an infamous 2006 encounter.

While the starting eleven’s attitude and application needs to be spot on, it is also an opportunity to perhaps give game time to some players who haven’t had much recently.

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Ryan Christie and Mohamed Elyounoussi could do with minutes while it would be great to see Patryk Klimala start.

Another new signing could feature at some stage too.

Right at the end of today’s press conference, a reporter asked Lennon about the status of unseen 21-year-old Soro.

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Lennon replied simply (Celtic YouTube): “He might be in the squad, yeah.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

What to expect from Soro?

Even if he doesn’t make Sunday’s matchday squad, it’s clear that the Ivorian is readying himself for contention in Lennon’s team.

The midfielder hasn’t played a fixture since mid-January so while he could be a bit rusty fitness-wise, it’s not like he’s playing catch up too much, especially with some training under his belt.

He’s a defensively minded midfielder, meaning the likeliest players to be rested or substituted off for him would be Scott Brown and Callum McGregor.

That duo has been almost ever-present this season and even though Sunday is an important match, it would be nice to see one or both of them given a bit of a break ahead of another run of difficult games.

Given Soro was one of just two signings made in January, it’d also be smashing to see him make a quick appearance and give us a glimpse of what the club have invested in.

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