CELTIC midfielder Ismaila Soro saw red during loan club FC Arouca’s 2-1 home loss to Boavista in the Portuguese top flight yesterday.
The Ivorian anchorman, who agreed a season-long temporary switch in the summer, was dismissed after only 10 minutes by referee Joao Goncalves after a challenge for a ball in the middle of the park.
It looked innocuous, but the march official was only yards from the incident and did not hesitate to flash the red card.
CRUNCH…Ismaila Soro challenges a Boavista opponent with referee Joao Goncalves looking on.
OFF…Ismaila Soro can’t believe he has been red-carded after 10 minutes.
Soro looked astonished and bemused by the punishment, but had to go so early in a game. However, his team-mates rallied and Raea Mujica put them ahead in the 27th minute before Vincent Sasso fired in a quickfire equaliser.
Worse was to come for the home side when Miguel Tavares netted what turned out to be the winning goal in the 70th minute, Jerome Opoko was banished six minutes from the end and the nine men had a leveller in the fading moments disallowed for offside.
Soro, who cost Neil Lennon £2million when he arrived from Israeli outfit Bnei Yehuda in January 2020, dropped down the midfield pecking order at Parkhead after kicking off last season with four successive first-team appearances.