Celtic are widely expected to complete the signing of midfielder Ismaila Soro over the next week or so – but only after he plays one more time for current side Bnei Yehuda.

The Ivorian midfielder is likely to become Neil Lennon’s second signing of the January transfer window after Patryk Klimala joined on Tuesday evening.

Celtic forward Patryk Klimala

Celtic forward Patryk Klimala (Photo by Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Daily Record reckon that the industrious midfielder is preparing to join in a £2million deal. However, they say he will take the field for the Israeli side one more time, in a cup game against Hapoel Afula this evening.

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While send-offs are always lovely – god wouldn’t we have liked one for Scott Sinclair – many Hoops fans will be scratching their heads at why Soro is still playing for Yehuda when we’re apparently so close to clinching a deal.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Bnei Yehuda season is irrelevant for us in Soro chase

The Israeli side’s cup run is all well and good, and we wish them all the best, but we have a rather tasty derby match on Saturday ourselves.

And with our central-midfielder still so reliant on Scott Brown and Callum McGregor, we could kind of do with having him around.

Callum McGregor and Scott Brown

Callum McGregor and Scott Brown (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The African looks like a terrific player, from YouTube at least, with bags of pace, trickery as well as an ability to win the ball back and tackle aggressively.

 

Basically he looks like a lite version of N’golo Kante. And we can’t complain if that’s what we end up getting.

We are not privy to the discussions going on around the reported deal. But you just feel that both clubs could be doing more to get the deal done as early as possible, certainly not allowing Soro to keep playing for Yehuda while we are so light in midfield.

Hopefully the deal is over the line as soon as possible.

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