Celtic sources have played down claims from Israel that a deal for midfielder Ismaila Soro had been agreed ‘in principle’, The Scotsman report.

The Scottish Sun were one of many outlets to run quotes from Bnei Yehuda manager Elisha Levy yesterday which claimed Celtic were on the brink of bringing Soro to Glasgow.

As quoted by the paper, he said: “Ismailia Soro’s transfer deal to Celtic has been closed in principle and he is expected to leave in the near future. When I took this job I knew he was going, so this isn’t a surprise to me.”


However, the latest report from The Scotsman suggests that this is not the case as of last night.

They describe the claim as ‘premature’ after checking with Celtic sources, suggesting that there’s still a bit of work to be done to get the transfer over the line.

This morning, Sky Sports have reported we face a big battle with Belgium club Genk for his signature.

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We need additions quickly

Celtic have had a quiet January transfer window so far, but adding players to Neil Lennon’s squad is much anticipated by supporters this week.

Striker Patryk Klimala is said to be on the verge of signing after arriving in Glasgow to complete his move (BBC), which will hopefully get the ball rolling.

General view of Celtic Park

General view of Celtic Park / (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

With the football returning this weekend, the club needs to deliver on Lennon’s big targets quickly, with the squad needing to be freshened up ahead of a busy schedule of fixtures.

The Scottish champions have a mid-week to weekend run of matches for the foreseeable future and having as many options as possible at Lennon’s disposal could be key.

Soro looks to be the kind of combative midfielder we need to compete for places alongside Scott Brown and Callum McGregor, attracting complimentary comparisons to stars like N’Golo Kante (The Scottish Sun), so hopefully, we hear concrete news about his potential arrival over the next few days.

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