Bnei Yehuda’s new manager Elisha Levy has been quoted by the Daily Record as saying that a deal between Celtic and the Israeli club has been struck for £2million-rated midfielder Ismaila Soro.
Soro, 24, has been linked for the majority of the window with a move to Celtic. An Ivorian holding midfielder, Soro is one of the first names on the team sheet with Yehuda but it seems as though he has played his last game for his club over the weekend.
Now, it is expected that Soro will link up with Celtic, which will become the fifth signing Neil Lennon has made from an Israeli side – along with Nir Bitton, Beram Kayal, Efe Ambrose and Hatem Abd Elhamed. Rami Gershon came from Standard Liege.
Asked about the future of Soro, new Yehuda manager Levy told reporters that a deal had been struck for Soro, claiming that he knew he would be leaving the club after taking the job last week. Levy also spoke about finding a replacement.
“Ismailia Soro’s transfer to Celtic has been closed in principle and he is expected to leave in the near future,” Levy said. “When I took this job I knew he was going, so this isn’t a surprise. It just means we will have to look for reinforcements in his position.”
TBR’s view – Celtic will be hoping Soro is an improvement on Kouassi
Similar position, both from the Ivory Coast and both without really playing at a decent level, the pressure will be on Soro to show he is a major improvement on Kouassi Eboue – who has turned out to be an expensive flop.
Brendan Rodgers was largely solid in the transfer market, bringing in Moussa Dembele, Olivier Ntcham, Kris Ajer and Odsonne Edouard. But Kouassi was an example, along with Marvin Compper and Jack Hendry, that he doesn’t always get it right.
Soro does not have to do much to show improvement compared to Kouassi, but he will need to really step his game up if he is to become a regular at Celtic and gain the adulation of supporters.