FORMER Celtic stars such as Chris Sutton and Frank McAvennie have called for Neil Lennon not to allow sentiment to sway him in his team selection in the delayed Scottish Cup Final against Hearts tomorrow afternoon.
The one-time Hoops goal heroes insist the Parkhead boss must continue with all-action Ivorian Ismaila Soro in the anchorman role and leave Scott Brown on the substitutes’ bench.
Their recommendations are understandable given the recent performances of the team.
With Brown in the team, the champions struggled to achieve two wins in 12 games where they slipped 13 points behind Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit, although they have two matches in hand, endured a wretched Europa League Group H experience with four defeats in six outings while losing to Ross County 2-0 in the east end of Glasgow to suffer elimination from a domestic trophy at the 36th hurdle.
Soro, a £2million arrival from Israeli football in January, made his first start in the 3-2 win over Lille and made enough of an impression to keep his place in the team’s engine room for last weekend’s 2-0 Premiership victory over Kilmarnock.
PRIZE GUY…evergreen skipper Scott Brown with last season’s League Cup.
Brown watched both games from the sidelines as the 22-year-old pocket dynamo went about his role of covering, tackling, passing and keeping things ticking over in a tidy, neat and impressive fashion.
So, it is a persuasive argument to continue with Soro and leave Brown on the substitutes’ bench for an encounter with so much at stake.
CQN made a case for the 35-year-old onfield general to play at some stage in proceedings against the Edinburgh team earlier today.
Now we want to hear from YOU.
In an EXCLUSIVE readers’ poll, all you need to do is tick ‘YES’ if you believe Brown should start against Hearts or ‘NO’ if you reckon he should make way for Soro at kick-off.
Lines will close at midnight tonight and CQN will publish the vote tomorrow before the Hampden game. Let’s have YOUR verdict, folks.
SHOULD BROONY START AT HAMPDEN?
- No (73%, 425 Votes)
- Yes (27%, 155 Votes)
Total Voters: 580