Neil Lennon imposes ban on Celtic star after debacle


Neil Lennon has decided to impose a ban on the in-form Celtic star after he got himself into trouble ahead of the Scottish Cup final.

Celtic have managed to turn things around over the past few weeks after a disastrous run of form that had seen them win just two of twelve games. They have now won four games on the trot though and hopefully their confidence is building up once again. One of the biggest reasons for that recent turnaround has been the introduction of Ismaila Soro.

About a month ago, Celtic fans probably weren’t expecting to see much of the Ivorian and it looked like he was going to be another one in a quickly growing list of flop signings. The midfielder has been a revelation since starting against Lille and should hold on to his spot in the team for the foreseeable future.

Soro got himself into some trouble before the Scottish Cup final though as one of his homecooked meals resulted in him getting food poisoning. That was the reason he was missing from the starting XI on the day.

As reported by The Scottish Sun, he said:

“We couldn’t start him in the Scottish Cup final because he came down with food poisoning on the Saturday night. I told him he isn’t allowed to cook again — he must eat in the canteen!

“He had sickness and diarrhoea the night before, although he felt better in the morning.

“Soro still has to mature a bit in that sense but he will learn.”

The Ivory Coast midfielder had signed for Celtic from Israeli side Bnei Yehuda for a reported £2 million transfer fee last January. He had barely featured since then though as Lennon decided to stick with an underperforming midfield unit.

He was finally given his chance to shine in much changed side in the Hoops’ last Europa League game of this campaign against Lille. It is safe to say that Soro took the opportunity with both hands and forced himself into Lennon’s first-team plans.

Now, the club must do everything to keep him fit and firing. If that involves him eating at the canteen, then so be it. If that requires getting him his own cook, then do that as well.

When Soro arrived in January, reports in Israel had compared his game to N’Golo Kante’s and we are starting to see why. And we’d like to see a lot more.