New Celtic signing Ismaila Soro has France World Cup winner N'Golo Kante as role model

New Celtic signing Ismaila Soro wants to model himself on France World Cup winner N'Golo Kante as he embarks on a new career in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

New Celtic signing Ismaila Soro. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS
New Celtic signing Ismaila Soro. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

The Ivorian admires the Chelsea midfielder's controlled aggression and believes he is ideally suited to Scottish football after arriving from Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv.

Soro cited Scott Brown as the Celtic player he most admires and he is keen to bring more bite to the team.

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"When I play, my one main aim is to get the ball back, and to be aggressive in order to get the ball back," the 21-year-old said, through an interpreter.

"You could say N'Golo Kante is an example to me. I watch nearly all his games. He is a top player in my position and this is something I really want to achieve, if I can, his ability to bring something else to the team and be aggressive.

"I see Scottish football as hard and tough, and I like that. The tougher it gets, the better I get, the more I put in. It is perfect for me."

Scotland is Soro's fourth destination since leaving his homeland in 2016 - playing in Moldova and Belarus before his move to Israel.

"Ever since I was a boy, this was part of the journey ahead of me," he said.

"I seek a way to progress and improve and each time you move to a different club or country, you give your best, and hopefully that sets you on for the next stage."Coming here is a big step up and it's part of this journey. I am really looking forward to the challenge - it's a big challenge."

Soro rejected interest from Genk and Dijon to join Celtic.

"Initially there were two clubs in the running but from the moment Celtic came in, there was only one club that I was going to join," he said.

"The club is even bigger than I was expecting."