Morale at the Celtic camp will be soaring after they managed to fight out a win over Lille in their latest Europa League fixture. Whilst Neil Lennon and his side are already out of the competition, they can take away the confidence boost from the victory as they prepare to face Kilmarnock tomorrow.
The boss will also be pleased with some individual performances, with Ismaila Soro in particular seriously impressing with his first ever start for the Hoops. The Ivorian midfielder played the full 90 minutes at Celtic Park on Thursday and showcased his skill to strike the perfect balance between defensive and more attacking contributions.
According to Sofascore, Soro made one key pass and drew in three fouls, highlighting his diligent work on the ball and how much it can stress out the opposition. He also contributed a whopping ten tackles, working extremely hard to keep out the Lille attackers from the engine room.
With the match result having no impact on Celtic’s Europa League fate, Lennon could afford to change up his usual lineup and give lesser played personnel a chance. This is exactly what he did and the likes of Soro didn’t disappoint him.
The midfielder put in that much of a promising performance that the manager must consider starting him against Kilmarnock on Sunday. The £11,000 per week workhorse should be given a chance to slot into the lineup ahead of Scott Brown, who has been very quiet during his recent appearances.
By replacing the skipper with a player like Soro, who is hungry for minutes in the tank, could turn out to be a stroke of genius. Celtic have a huge 13-point deficit to make back as Rangers run away with the league and whilst they may not be able to catch them up, it’s the perfect opportunity to test the waters with new lineups before next season.