Ismaila Soro surely cements Ibrox spot with stunning Celtic display today

By David Walton

December 30, 2020

Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro has been at it again today. Once more he produced a scintillating display to down Dundee United in a convincing afternoon for the Champions.

The Hoops started this afternoon’s clash at Parkhead on the front foot. However, despite that, there were big issues when it came to breaking down the Arabs’ backline.

Soro stepped up to produce the goods with a stunning effort from around 25-30 yards out. It was a superb strike albeit Utd goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist perhaps should’ve done better.

Soon after Celtic would go 2-0 ahead through a spectacular David Turnbull strike before the break. Odsonne Edouard rounded off the scoring with a fine second-half finish.

However, Celtic’s dominance once again came from Soro pressing high up the pitch and intercepting the ball regularly. Utd could barely get out of their own half in the first 45. This often came because when they tried to break out, they were running into the Ivorian.

Soro officially part of the strongest Celtic XI

It was another fantastic display from the January signing. It’s his sixth consecutive appearance for the club, and in every single one, he’s been a star. It’s followed on from impressive displays against Lille, Kilmarnock, Ross County, and Hamilton in particular (Transfermarkt).

And with his performance today, he’s now surely cemented his place for Ibrox. He’s not just a reliable cog in Celtic’s new diamond system – he’s a vital part of it.

Ismaila Soro celebrates his Celtic goal today (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

You can’t just replace Soro with Scott Brown and say it’s like for like. It’s not. Soro has seemingly limitless energy to burn at the moment. That’s not something you can say about Broony just now.

There is no alternative to Soro for Saturday’s trip to Ibrox. He’s young, aggressive, a ball-winner, and he’s in-form. Not to mention he apparently has a decent shot on him now too. He simply must be entrusted to play at the deepest point of the diamond this weekend.

And it appears that plenty of Celtic fans continue to be in awe of him too. Here’s a look at their reaction to his display this afternoon as he continues to add to his series of impressive outings:

https://twitter.com/RampantRose/status/1344312446517960707

https://twitter.com/PaulAvanancy/status/1344314900164829186

https://twitter.com/marg1888/status/1344316112389898242

https://twitter.com/10IARcfc/status/1344312689544327169

in other news, Lennon has explained why he dropped Hazard for Barkas today.