New Celtic signing Ismaila Soro has been speaking recently to Israeli media about his move to Scotland, sharing the fact that he pleaded with his old club to sanction the transfer, as reported by outlet ONE.
Celtic have this evening announced that the midfielder’s transfer has been finalised after protracted negotiations and international clearance.
The Ivorian has signed a four-and-a-half year deal and becomes Neil Lennon’s second signing of the January transfer window after Patryk Klimala.
However, it all could have turned out differently had Soro not personally stepped in to force through the move.
With negotiations between Bnei Yehuda and Celtic stalling, the 21-year-old made it clear to his old club’s hierarchy he wanted it all to happen.
As quoted by ONE, he said: “I was worried that the two clubs were not progressing, so I went to speak with the CEO (Kfir Edri) to talk to the owner (Barak Abramov).
“I felt that I needed to move forward in my career and that the clubs did not agree on the transfer. There was a problem and it was resolved.”
Soro’s hunger will hopefully transfer to pitch
That the 21-year-old was so eager to have a future in Scottish football is promising. He clearly has a hunger and desire to better himself and his options.
Hopefully, that allows him to fit in well to a competitive and winning Celtic squad whose standards have remained incredibly high over the last decade.
We need players ready to fight for every inch in a Celtic jersey, whether for their personal development or simply to do well by the Hoops.
This doesn’t appear to be a move that Soro is taking lightly and if Lennon can get him to the fitness levels required and into the first-team as soon as possible his addition will be an immediate boost.
Competing with stars such as Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham, the Ivorian has a tough job ahead of him to break into the side.
Let’s hope his determination to play for the Bhoys shines through.