Neil Lennon is set to choose Scott Brown over Ismaila Soro for the Celtic starting XI to face Rangers on Saturday – the wrong call, according to Alan Hutton.
Hutton, a Rangers fan favourite between 2002 and 2008, spoke exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams about the merits and foibles of choosing experience over youth, saying it would feel bitterly unfair to Soro if he is to miss out.
Soro has been in blister-hot form this season but was not selected for Celtic’s biggest game of the term so far, the delayed 2019-20 Scottish Cup final, with 35-year-old Brown preferred.
Brown’s big-game experience is unparalleled in the Celtic squad, but Hutton still believes it would be fairer and more conducive to victory to field Soro on Saturday.
He told Football Insider: “Purely going on form in recent weeks, I would say Sorro has to start. They’ve been winning with him in the team.
“I understand Scott Brown’s got the big-game experience, I do get it, and part of me thinks he will bring him in because of that
“I always knew he [Brown] would come back in for the final. But with that being said, that was last year’s final, and he was a massive part of that team. I understood that decision.
“But I think it’s harsh on Sorro beaus he’s had to bide his time, wait for his opportunity. And when he got given a chance he took it.
“From a player’s point of view, if that was me, I’d be very disappointed to be playing to a high level and then miss out on a cup final and an Old Firm.
“I think it’s one of the biggest calls he [Lennon] will have to make…”
Writing in his column in the Sunday Post, Sir Kenny Dalglish has said that he expects Brown to make the starting XI.
It would be the skipper’s first start in five games; Soro has started in every match in the same period.