Deal Done – ‘Ismailia Soro’s transfer deal to Celtic has been closed in principle’ Levy confirms

ISMAILIA SORO is on his way to Celtic, so it looks like the Celtic Supporters who pieced together various pieces of information last week and came to the conclusion that the 21-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder was Celtic bound were spot on.

And he’ll be joining ‘Polish Paddy’, assuming that Patryk Klimala sails through his medical today. The striker ‘jetted in’ to Glasgow last night to complete the deal after Celtic met £3.4m release clause in his contract and agreed personal terms with the player.

The news of an agreement being reached with Celtic to sign Soro was broken by his current club’s new manager Elisha Levy, according to a report in Scottish Sun.

Soro played what is sure to be his final game for Bnei Yehuda yesterday. Bnei Yehuda lost 2-1 at home to Hapoel Tel Aviv and the fans demonstrated after the defeat against the club owner and his decision to sell the midfielder.

Levy is the former boss of the Israeli national side and was only appointed as the Bnei Yehuda manager last week. He is quoted as follows, confirming the deal to Celtic is progressing: “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 was clearly be a big loss to the team. And it will be up to me to find a good replacement for him.”

Celtic are expected to pay around £2 -£2.5m for Soro, who looks a fantastic talent. We pointed out at the weekend Celtic’s pursuit of the Ivory Coast star was the likely reason why our interest in bringing Victor Wanyama back to the club on loan from Tottenham has waned.

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