Pundit and former Premier League forward Noel Whelan believes that Parkhead new boy Ismaila Soro should let his feet do the talking before he starts to dream big of a move to European and World champions Liverpool.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan feels that Soro will need to prove his worth in the green and white hoops before he can think of Premier League aspirations.
So what has Whelan said?
When asked to comment on Soro’s remarks after just signing for the Scottish champions, Whelan said:
“He’s going to bring you energy, he’s going to bring you freshness into that midfield, covers the ground well, is very tenacious in the tackle. He looks the sort of player that they need next to Brown”.
“He’s already said that he wants to play for Liverpool as well. I know it’s very strange to hear that when you’ve come to a new club, but if you want that stepping stone then you need to hit the ground running with Celtic and do a job for them first and foremost”.
So is Whelan correct?
Whether or not it is Soro’s dream to play for the Premier League champions elect, announcing this on the day you sign for new club is hardly great PR, yes, most Celtic fans will now accept that they are seen as a “stepping stone” to the promised land but it doesn’t make it any easier to digest.
Whelan is correct, the Ivorian – signed for £2m from Bnei Yehuda – must first of all establish himself at Parkhead, then – and only then – can he begin to think about displaying the sort of consistency and level of performance that earned the likes of Moussa Dembele, Kieran Tierney, Virgil van Dijk and Stuart Armstrong big money deals.
Will Ismaila Soro make an impact in the second half of the season?
If Soro’s time at Paradise does end with a fairy tale move then it can only mean one thing, his time at Celtic has been a success, and that is ultimately all fans care about – a winning football team – something that Hoops fans have been used to for quite some time now.