Celtic boss Neil Lennon says the club will give Ismaila Soro “time to adapt” once he completes his move to Glasgow.

The Hoops are likely to sign the Ivorian midfielder in the coming days, as Lennon spoke openly about the 21-year-old during his press duties on Friday.

He told the Scotsman what Celtic fans can expect to see from Soro, while he also played down his immediate role a little.

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon at Parkhead

Celtic boss Neil Lennon at Parkhead (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

“He is a good player, strong, technically very good, quick across the ground, hungry,” Lennon said.

“He is like a number six, very powerful. Gets the ball back, good close control, quite smart with the passes but at that age he still has a bit of work to do in terms of his tactical awareness.

“We like what we saw. We will give him time to adapt but I think he can play some games between now and the end of the season.”



Lennon is clearly wanting to take some pressure off Soro

While Lennon’s comments about Soro are positive in the main, it is clear that he’s wanting to temper expectations a little. And with good reason.

The midfielder is still in the relative infancy of his career. Anyone fortunate to come across his highlights package on YouTube over the past week will have been impressed.

The Celtic support

The Celtic support (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But with that comes extra pressure. Many fans will expect Soro to make an impact in the first-team from the off, and Lennon is clearly wanting to downplay that.

His comments suggest that the Ivorian’s introduction will be a bit more gradual, although he should still make some impact before the end of May.

But Lennon probably felt the same way about Jeremie Frimpong originally. Now he can’t afford to leave the full-back out. Soro could have a similar effect, you never know.

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