Ismalia Soro made the move to Celtic for a fee of £2 million in January of 2020, with the reputation of an energetic, hardworking defensive-minded midfielder who would not shy away from a tackle or two.
After being utilised by Neil Lennon in the pre-season of 2020 fans were excited by the potential of the Ivorian and he even developed a comparison to Kante! However, at the start of the season, he was used as a substitute at the tail end of games and fans were getting frustrated he was not given a chance.
This changed when Celtic faced Lile at home in the Disasterous Europa League campaign. Soro shone in the dead rubber game. He broke up the play well, however, he did get his name written into the referee’s book.
The midfielder was simply a breath of fresh air in midfield when compared to Brown who’s decline was well and truly underway. Fans were adamant that Scott Brown’s replacement was already on the club’s books. How wrong was that!
Fast forward nine months and it is evident Soro is not Celtic quality, and if he is to ever be the standard required he has a lot of work and maturing to do.
The midfielder is too excitable and undependable. When Soro received his booking in the first ten minutes in Thursday Night’s Europa League tie, like myself, many other fans were left in a nervous state.
The 23-year-old is extremely ill-disciplined and was just a red card waiting to happen. In fact, he got away with one last night to the fury of the Real Betis squad when he unbalanced a Betis player during their counterattack.