Ivory Coast call up Celtic star Ismaila Soro for international debut

By Euan Davidson

May 20, 2021

Celtic star Ismaila Soro has been called up by the Ivory Coast.

The Elephants – a great nickname for a national team, by the way – have two friendlies lined up. Burkina Faso and Ghana will provide the opposition, with French coach Patrice Baumelle keen to use squad options [FIFCIV].

Soro has been named alongside the likes of Franck Kessié of AC Milan, Amad Diallo of Manchester United and Serge Aurier of Tottenham Hotspur [V Sportif].

A Twitter account attributed to his agent, Dudu Dahan, confirmed the news:

Soro joins a spate of international players at Celtic. Kristoffer Ajer is a Norway regular, while Scotland have 6 Celtic players going to Euro 2020. Odsonne Edouard is likely to be Olympics-bound with France.

It’s an exciting development, certainly. Soro has had a strange season, albeit a moderately successful one. On a personal level, at the very least. The smiley Ivorian midfielder has won supporters over, with his energetic, high-pressing game. Skilled as a tackler and a passer, there are high hopes for the 23-year-old.

Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ivory Coast international Ismaila Soro: the next pricey Celtic departure?

Now, don’t bite my head off: I want Ismaila Soro around for as long as possible.

There’s a great player, there. With more game-time and opportunities, he could become a Celtic must-start. Already, plenty of supporters see him that way, ourselves included. For membership into the Ismaila Soro CSC, get in touch.

But from a financial perspective, this is good news. Soro being a full international, all being well, will only add to his value. With Tottenham rumoured to be sniffing around, the Ivorian could be the next player to leave the Bhoys for a significant fee. The buy-low sell-high tactic might well be in effect for Soro long-term.

Obviously, so much depends on him playing regular football this season. However, you’d imagine the next Celtic manager will have no issue about slotting the energetic, technically-gifted midfielder into the side. As a direct replacement for Scott Brown, Soro has looked the business.

Thinking ahead, Soro might become a very expensive talent. Clearly, the Ivory Coast boss values him, and that’s got to mean he’s doing something right.

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