Undoubtedly, the Celts could do with an element of refreshment throughout the starting eleven. Throughout the course of the season and particularly in midfield, there has been a clear downturn in performance within the 2020/21 campaign.
Could Ismaila Soro deliver an alternative solution to this ever-mounting issue?
Acquired in January for just over £2.07 million, many imagined Ismaila Soro to be someone who could deputise within the middle of the park for the Hoops. Astonishingly, figures have shown that in the 36 fixtures completed since the Ivorian has joined Celtic, he has only completed 30 minutes of action in all games combined.
With a congested run of fixtures forthcoming as Celtic bid to build momentum entering into the second half of the campaign, there is every chance Soro could be granted an opportunity to impress Neil Lennon.
In his limited time on the field, Soro has looked to be an energetic prospect. Capable of taking the ball in tight areas, swiftly covering ground and progressing the ball forward at pace, there is potential that he could fit the Celts high-octane style of play.
Although primarily a defensive midfielder, he possesses a notable turn of pace and ability to drive 20-30 yards up the pitch. Celtic have been passive in possession for long periods of the season, with slow-build up play and ball retention leading to complexities breaking down the opposition.
Ismaila Soro could help to raise the tempo of Celtic’s ball progression from deeper areas, whilst also creating space for creative attacking players such as Mohamed Elyounoussi and Ryan Christie to take advantage of.
Additionally, one other positive outcome of his prospective inclusion could mean giving captain Scott Brown a much-needed rest. Nobody doubts Scott Brown’s influence in the dressing room or on the pitch. However, he needs to be given the appropriate time out of the side to retain full fitness.
Essentially the first name on the team sheet every week, there needs to be a duty of care from Neil Lennon to avoid burning him out. At 35 years of age, there is a far greater likelihood of Brown sustaining an injury or extended bodily fatigue due to the sheer volume of his involvement.
Sunday’s outing against St Johnstone may be the perfect opportunity to introduce Soro into proceedings, here’s hoping Celtic can pick up three points and get themselves back on track!