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!

Soro did get his run of games in the team, and fans were excited by him. In the game where Jullien sustained the injury he has today against Dundee United, Soro scored a screamer.

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.

In my opinion, that was a definite second yellow. When Postecoglou finally made the change and brought McCarthy on in the 55th minute to replace Soro, many fans breathed a sigh of relief.

If Spurs are still interested in Ismalia Soro, he’s available!


  1. So its Soro’s turn this time? FFS why has there always got to be a scapegoat? What about highlighting the performances of some of the new players who look the part-Juranovic & Montgomery for example?

  2. Agree, if you want a scape goat, look to Turnbulls poor display, Or Ralstons, who only redeemed himself with a strong last quarter.
    The guy shockingly gets left on the bench for two years, and then is expected to play out his skin ,when thrown in at the deep end.
    The defence was absolutely shocking at times too, if you must fulfil this need for a scapegoat!.

  3. The biggest omission in the Celtic defence is definitely Welsh . He carried Starfelt through the game at ibrox, this young man is going to be a Celtic great it’s time the manager realised this.


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