If there was a sport that Neil Lennon might have scheduled in his dream, then a house conflict towards backside aspect Hamilton on Wednesday evening would have been the one.
Within the disastrous type that Celtic have been in – they headed into the sport at Celtic Park off the again of no wins of their final 4 – a win was simply desperately wanted, and targets from Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths had been sufficient to say all three factors.
However while the 2 strikers received their names on the score-sheet, it was arguably Ismaila Soro who stole the present together with his industrious efficiency in the course of the park.
Ought to Celtic construct round Soro?
He received an unbelievable 13 duels on the evening, virtually triple his season common of 4.5 per match within the Scottish Premiership this season. His tigerish show noticed him make a formidable eight tackles too, which was the identical quantity as the remainder of his Celtic teammates mixed.
However it wasn’t simply his defensive work that basically stood out, together with his high quality on the ball rising week by week. He boasted a 96% cross accuracy was the best of any outfield participant, and he was environment friendly when attempting to go lengthy too, finishing eight out of his 9 lengthy passes – once more probably the most of any Celtic participant.
Talking after the Hoops’ win on Wednesday evening, Lennon stated: “He was very, superb. Actual drive and studying of the sport and his passing was very crisp.
“He drained slightly bit towards the top, however it was an amazing all-round midfield efficiency from him. The midfield dovetailed nicely, the 2 strikers received the targets and saved a clear sheet, so it’s been a great evening’s work.”
With Jeremie Frimpong gone, and Celtic in the course of a disaster not seen in lots of a 12 months, they want somebody to construct round for the longer term. And at simply 22, Soro appears to suit the invoice completely.
He’s began the final 9 video games within the Scottish Premiership for the Hoops, and has made that holding midfield place his personal, easing out Scott Brown within the course of.
The £2m Soro is the longer term, and his highly effective show towards Hamilton confirmed he ought to be Lennon’s go to man within the center.
In the meantime, Celtic should unleash this rarely-seen ace…