Ismaila Soro joined Celtic yesterday after two years in Israel with Bnei Yehuda. He is a year younger than fellow Ivorian, and fellow central midfielder, Eboue Kouassi, who this month left Celtic on loan to Genk, having failed to make any noticeable impression. The biggest difference I can discern between the two is who recruited them.
Kouassi was brought in by Brendan Rodgers, just before the arrival of chief scout Lee Congerton, but while Lee was in dialogue with Brendan and the club. Soro is here courtesy of Neil Lennon and his chief scout, Nick Hammond. There’s your difference – and why we should expect a better outcome this time.