Report: Another midfielder told he can leave Celtic this month; likely destination

By John McGinley

January 7, 2022

Celtic won’t be standing in the way of letting Ismaila Soro leave the club this month, The Scottish Sun reports.

The paper says Celtic are open to loan and permanent offers for the Ivorian. He has failed to establish himself as a regular in Ange Postecoglou’s team this season. The defensive midfielder hasn’t made a single Scottish Premiership start since September.

Indeed, save for a brief spell last term, he’s failed to become a first-team regular under both Neil Lennon and Postecoglou.

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Soro could leave Celtic for the USA

Now his most likely destination is Major League Soccer, say The Scottish Sun. Clubs in Israel also keen on his services.

The paper believes New York Red Bulls, who signed Patryk Klimala from Celtic last year, are the most serious with their interest.

That could suit the Bhoys and ensure there is no loss made on the midfielder’s £2m signing. NYRB made a very solid offer for the Polish striker.

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Sean Davis left the MLS side last week to join Nashville SC. It appears Soro fits the bill to become his replacement.

It follows on from Celtic’s decision to let Ewan Henderson leave the club on a loan, then permanent basis, to Hibernian. Reports have also indicated Vasilis Barkas, Boli Bolingoli and Albian Ajeti have been given similar freedom to find a new club.

It’s all part of Celtic’s new focus of moving on players before bringing more in after an influx of Japanese talents arrived as the January window opened.

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As long as this is done quickly and efficiently, to help further bolster the squad, this is smart stuff from the club.

Realistically Soro isn’t going to play a big role in the second half of the season. Especially after the arrival of Yosuke Ideguchi, so it makes perfect sense to free up budget space.

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