It will be interesting to see how often Celtic’s recent £2 million signing Ismaila Soro features for the Hoops between now and the end of the season.

He might not feature that often, as midfield – where he plays – is arguably the strongest area of the team, with Scott Brown and Callum McGregor the usual first-picks in the side.

It might take the player a while to get up to speed with how Celtic play. Indeed, Neil Lennon stated before the deal was completed that the player will need ‘time to adapt‘ to life at Celtic.

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However, there is a senior figure at Celtic who could help Soro adapt to life at the club, and get the best out of the player – and that is Neil Lennon.

Hoops boss thrived in new arrival’s position

Neil Lennon and Scott Brown

Neil Lennon and Scott Brown (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Soro is a defensive midfielder. A position that Neil Lennon played with distinction for years, winning multiple trophies in his time as a Celtic player.

That could work to Soro’s advantage at Celtic. Lennon could make him into a replica of the kind of player he was in his time at the club.



Maybe the Hoops boss could give Soro one-to-one coaching sessions, or even ask the player to watch performance of Lennon in his Celtic heyday, to advise him to copy what made Lennon so successful.

Plenty of time to get even better as a player

Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As Soro is only 21, he has plenty of time to improve on his career performances so far. Although, to be honest, he has done well already to win a move to Celtic.

Still, the job of Lennon and the rest of the coaching staff at the club will be to make Soro an even better player.

Hopefully that is something that the Hoops will be able to achieve in the coming months and years. Neil Lennon is just the man who can turn Soro from a good player, into a great one, and perhaps he will see some evidence of that this season.


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