Ismaila Soro says he wants Celtic stay for a "long time" in brilliant interview

By David Walton

January 6, 2021

Ismaila Soro’s terrific Celtic interview saw him claim that he wants to stay at the club for “a long time”.

The Ivorian signed for the Hoops a year ago from Bnei Yehuda. However, he only really announced his arrival at Parkhead last month. Neil Lennon gave him his first run of games early on in December, and he’s been a standout since.

Soro has bossed matches against the likes of Lille and Rangers already. He hasn’t taken any settling in time in order to get used to his new teammates. Indeed, the midfielder looks as though he’s been in the team his whole career.

But for anyone worrying that he’ll be off the first chance he gets in the future, that doesn’t appear to be his mentality. In a fascinating interview with Celtic TV, Soro reaffirmed his commitment to Parkhead as well as touching on his love of the Celtic fans.

“We didn’t have a lot of fans like we have at Celtic (back home in the Ivory Coast). I’ve never seen this. Never. At Celtic, I’ve seen on videos and I’ve seen on TV all of the fans. Wow – it’s amazing.

“I want to play a long time for Celtic. I want to play so long. After this, I want to play for another team, but it’s Celtic right now.

“I want to win this league. I’m confident we’ll win this league. After this I want us to win another trophy. I want to win a lot of trophies with Celtic.”

Ismaila Soro could be at Celtic for as long as he wants to

One of the big fears we have as Celtic fans is losing our top assets early. This summer, we look like losing a host of big stars. The futures of Kristoffer Ajer, Odsonne Edouard, and Olivier Ntcham for example will be widely discussed.

But Soro is a player who could be here for a long while yet. He’s tied down to Parkhead until the summer of 2024. Should he continue to perform how he has done, he can make himself a real constant in this side.

You have to absolutely love how he comes across in his interview. He’s an extremely infectious character who just looks grateful to have been given the opportunity to be here. You can’t buy that kind of enthusiasm.

Celtic stars Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

There seems to be a genuine desire to be at Celtic for the long-term. To make a name at a big European club before he heads off for pastures new. This doesn’t seem like a player who will jump at the first chance he gets.

Of course, the proof will always be in the pudding when it comes to this. Only when Celtic accept an offer for him or when he’s subject to interest will we see his true commitment to Parkhead.

But for now, he only seems to have eyes on creating a legacy for himself in Glasgow. Given the talent he has, that’s a massive plus for the Hoops.

In other news, a worrying report emerged last night as Celtic’s Dubai debacle becomes messier.