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Celtic: Soro and McCann could be a dream at Paradise

This summer is set to witness an almighty changing of the guard at Celtic.

No longer will Peter Lawwell be at Parkhead after his retirement, while a new manager will grace the Hoops dugout too.

They will also need a new captain with Scott Brown heading for Aberdeen in a player-coach capacity.

On the chalkboard

Callum McGregor has been widely tipped to become the new Celtic skipper but if the Bhoys are looking for someone to replace Brown in a positional sense, Ismaila Soro would be the first pick.

The Ivorian signed in January 2020 but hasn’t actually enjoyed much football since penning terms.

He’s started just 11 times in the Premiership this term but has had a very productive campaign in the middle of the park.

Soro has won an eye-catching 1.9 tackles per game which proves he could fill the hole that’s set to be left behind by Brown.

Should Soro get a chance next season?

Of course!

Of course!

No thanks!

No thanks!

The Scot has always been a tough-tackling anchor in front of the defence but Soro has similar qualities.

His performances in the Europa League were particularly strong. As Celtic surprisingly beat Lille, the midfielder won ten tackles and two interceptions. On that evidence, it’s no surprise to see him linked with England and Tottenham Hotspur.

The ideal partner

If Soro does stay at Parkhead, discovering who his partner in midfield will be is something the manager will have to think long and hard about.

Celtic will welcome Liam Shaw to the club in a few month’s time while Luca Connell has enjoyed a productive spell on loan at Queen’s Park.

That said, an external option could well be on the cards.

The Bhoys sent scouts to watch Ali McCann earlier this season and according to reports, they did so again when his St Johnstone side met St Mirren in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

When Celtic’s talent spotters have been to watch him, it’s likely they will have come back impressed.

He has contributed to four goals in all competitions, while he is dynamic and full of energy.

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We'll start with an easier one, who is this Celtic academy player?

McCann knows his way to goal but he’s extremely strong in the tackle. With that in mind, he and Soro could form a devastating partnership in the middle of the park.

So far this term, the 21-year-old has won 91 tackles at a rate of 2.7 per match in the Premiership.

For context, no player in the entire division has made more successful challenges in the Scottish top-flight this term. The next best is Hibernian’s Paul McGinn but he is some way behind on 73.

Described as “undroppable” by former teammate Jason Holt, McCann has clearly made a big splash and it feels like it’s only a matter of time before one of the bigger clubs come calling.

Celtic need to make sure they’re at the front of the queue.

AND in other news, Celtic interview “outstanding” 63 y/o for manager role, Hoops fans should be buzzing…

Article title: Celtic: Soro and McCann could be a dream at Paradise

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