Ismaila Soro has hit out at protests against his move to Parkhead from some Bnei Yehuda supporters.

Soro sealed his move to Celtic last week, subject to a work permit being finalised. This has clearly led to some tension coming from sections of the Bnei fanbase.

The midfielder has spent nearly three years at the club, managing 64 appearances for the Tel-Aviv side (Transfermarkt). But this clearly isn’t enough for some supporters, with Israeli outlet ONE claiming that fans are outraged by recent player sales.

Celtic Park exterior (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, speaking to ONE, Soro stated that he “doesn’t like” the protests and that the Bnei Yehuda players deserve some encouragement on the field as opposed to complaints from the stands.

“I don’t like it because we need encouragement and no shouting. The players come to the field to give the best of us and make them happy, so we need motivation and encouragement from them.

“It’s normal for fans to not be happy with a young player (leaving). It is not only the president of the club who decides the future of the player, we also have our own opinion.

“After two years or three, if a young player wants to move forward, lightning can do nothing to stop him. If it is time, he will no longer be under contract.”

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Bnei Yehuda to Celtic is surely an understandable switch

This is odd to read. Why on earth are there some protests from Bnei Yehuda supporters over one of their players leaving for Celtic? Surely they can understand that it’s just a natural progression.

When Celtic sell their stars to English Premier League clubs or other sides from top European leagues, we don’t complain about it. We all understand that, in time, these players have ambitions that will outweigh what we can offer them at Celtic Park.

That’s football. A player of Soro’s apparent talent isn’t going to want to spend his career playing his football in Israel. He’ll want to test himself at the top level of Europe, and Celtic can give him that opportunity.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Soro himself has issued the right response. It’s not right for players who are still playing for Bnei Yehuda to be robbed of support. It’ll lead to a tense environment around the club, and it’s something they could likely do without.

If Soro eventually leaves for a bigger club in the future, we’ll all understand why he makes the move. All we ask for as fans is that we receive the money we would feel entitled to for his services. Bnei Yehuda, considering they’re selling from Israel, can’t expect much more than the £2million they received (Independent).

In any case, hopefully we see him make his way over to Glasgow as soon as possible. Celtic have invested in him, and the sooner he’s over the better for us all.


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