Date: 28th January 2020 at 10:00am
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Celtic have announced the signing of Ismaila Soro on a four and a half year contract from Bnei Yehuda for a fee reported to be in the region of £2m as reported by the BBC Sport website.

In what has been a “done deal” for almost the whole of the transfer window, the defensive midfielder fills the void created after it was confirmed that Eboue Kouassi has left the club following a disappointing three years.

It will be hoped that the arriving Ivorian will have more of an impact than his countryman and provide the competition for places in the centre of midfield, with Neil Lennon tinkering with his tactics in recent weeks to make room for an extra midfielder he could be seen sooner rather than later.

Callum McGregor and Scott Brown are cemented in the double pivot at the heart of the Celtic engine room and Soro will initially provide support and competition to keep them on their toes with the hope that long-term he will step into the sizeable shoes of the skipper.

If the 21-year-old settles into life in Glasgow and performs well in the green and white hoops there is, however, a potential downside, McGregor was the subject of interest from Leicester City in the summer and with Brendan Rogers known to be a huge fan it wouldn’t entirely be a surprise if the Parkhead board entertained bids knowing they have an able replacement.

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Lennon will be glad that he now has cover for his dynamic duo, with McGregor playing over 40 games already and a packed fixture list ahead Soro will add a much needed freshness as the Hoops look to push on for the remainder for the season and maintain their grip on domestic football.

 

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