Report: Neil Lennon's Omonia Nicosia dismiss interest in Celtic midfielder
Omonia Nicosia have rejected the notion that they’re interested in Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro, according to Cypriot outlet 24Sports.
Reports in Cyprus earlier this month claimed that Neil Lennon, who’s in charge of Omonia, was keen on taking a look at Parkhead talents that weren’t part of the first-team picture in Glasgow. One of these was said to be Soro [Super Sport FM].
But 24Sports has stated that the club has dismissed that idea and that they aren’t holding any interest in the Ivorian midfielder.
The Athletic reported before the transfer window opened that Soro was one of the players the club was keen to move on at some stage this summer. His name was mentioned alongside Albian Ajeti and Boli Bolingoli – both of whom are still at Parkhead.
Soro, meanwhile, has had a year to forget in Glasgow under Ange Postecoglou. The former Bnei Yehuda star has been out of the picture in 2022, playing only 3 minutes since the turn of the year [Transfermarkt].
Lennon was the man who initially signed Soro for Celtic back in January 2020. But despite playing him regularly last term, the Ivorian hasn’t been able to cement his spot over the last 12 months.
Ismaila Soro primed for Celtic exit, but where to?
So it looks as though the potential move to Cyprus may very well have been a false start. The truth is that Celtic would likely just be keen to get him off the wage bill in any capacity.
It’s become clear that there’s no future for the former Bnei Yehuda man in Glasgow. The arrivals back in January of Matt O’Riley and Reo Hatate pushed him way down the pecking order, and he hasn’t shown any sort of positive reaction to that.
Yes, Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic may have departed over the summer, but with the likes of Yosuke Ideguchi and even James McCarthy ahead of Ismaila, the writing is indeed on the wall.
Celtic of course tried to shift him on as recently as the January transfer window when Fortuna Sittard came in for him. Only work permit issues meant that one missed the deadline as he remained in Scotland [The Scotsman].
It’s early days in the window yet and there’s no need for any immediate panic. Celtic did manage to shift Vasilis Barkas off to Utrecht on loan last week, but we can’t expect such swift action on all of the deadwood.
With the transfer window open until the close of play on August 31rd, there’s plenty of time to find an appropriate move.