Frank McAvennie claims Ismaila Soro should start for Celtic in Sunday’s Old Firm showdown against Rangers but he doesn’t expect John Kennedy to make many changes. 

The former Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the current squad isn’t good enough for Kennedy to make several changes.

Soro, 22, enjoyed a run of Scottish Premiership starts during December and January but has been starved of minutes since.

As a defensive midfielder, he has been behind Scott Brown in the pecking order at Parkhead this season, despite Brown announcing his intention to leave the club at the end of the campaign.

McAvennie wants to see ‘the next generation’ start against Rangers on Sunday with Soro the key player he wants to see more of, though he did admit the chances of that happening are slim.

“I don’t think there will be many changes,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“I’d love to see what I’d call ‘ the next generation’. Soro? Yes, definitely, I’d love to see him play, he’s a wonderful player. 

“But the rest of the boys, I’m not sure they’re good enough. Some of those players are clearly just backups at the moment. 

“[Greg] Taylor will play because he’s actually going to be here next season and Diego Laxalt had a bad afternoon in the last Old Firm. 

“I’m not sure what John’s going to do, I just want to see something different.”

Celtic are yet to win an Old Firm game this season with their four games against Rangers ending in three losses and a draw.

The Bhoys have the chance to end Rangers’ unbeaten record but that will prove to be little consolation after a disappointing season on and off the pitch.

In other news, Celtic have been tipped to embark on a huge summer spending spree after a £3.5million deal has been agreed.