ISMAILA SORO played in the first four competitive games of Ange Postecoglou’s reign at Celtic.

The Ivorian midfielder was selected for the new manager’s debut at Parkhead on July 20 last year when they were held to a 1-1 draw in the Champions League qualifier against FC Midtjylland.

Soro kept his place for the 2-1 extra-time loss in Denmark in the return the following week and also figured in his enforcer role in the 2-1 defeat from Hearts in the Premiership opener at the end of that month.

And the £2million arrival from Israeli club Bnei Yehuda in January 2020 also faced FK Jablonec in the Europa League qualifying tie as Kyogo Furuhashi claimed the first of 20 goals for the team in a 4-2 victory.

Soro, though, dropped out of the team for the 6-0 triumph over Dundee in the east end of Glasgow on August 8 and was not a regular performer after that as Postecoglou searched for a settled formation.

And now it is odds-on the 24-year-old ball-winner is heading for the Hoops exit after being left out of the travelling squad for the 10-day training camp in Austria.

Back-up keeper Ross Doohan has sealed a permanent move to Tranmere Rovers after spending last season on loan at the fourth-tier club.

Vasilis Barkas (FC Utrecht), Liam Scales (Aberdeen) and Adam Montgomery (St Johnstone) have also left on temporary transfers this summer and Postecoglou, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “They all want to play, which is understandable, and sometimes those decisions mean they have to play elsewhere.

“But, again, with guys like that, I’m having dialogue with them and it will take its natural course.”

Dutch outfit Fortuna Sittard were interested in a loan deal in January, but it never got off the ground while Partizan Belgrade have been linked with Soro during the pre-season.

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