Celtic have agreed a deal in principle to sign Bnei Yehuda midfielder Ismaila Soro, according to his manager Elisha Levy.
Speaking after being appointed the Israeli club’s new head coach, Levy revealed that he already knows that the Ivorian will be offloaded very soon:
“Ismailia Soro’s transfer deal to Celtic has been closed in principle and he is expected to leave in the near future. When I took this job I knew he was going, so this isn’t a surprise to me.”
“It just means we will have to look for reinforcements in his position. Of course, it will be difficult because Soro is an excellent player. “He was very committed against Hapoel and professional.”
“He will clearly be a big loss to the team. And it will be up to me to find a good replacement for him.”
A move for Soro has been on the cards since it was first reported that the Hoops were scouting the player last month. Manager Neil Lennon confirmed that the midfielder was being looked at as a possible January signing.
Ligue One side Dijon were also reportedly scouting the 21-year-old, but it seems like Celtic have won the race for his signature.
Soro is well travelled, having started his career in Moldova before making the switch to Belarusian club FK Gomel in 2017. He then made the move to Israel to join current club Bnei Yehuda eighteen months ago.
Since then, he has played 62 times for the Tel Aviv based side, making four appearances in the Europa League qualifying rounds this season.