CELTIC target Ismaila Soro is likely to make his final appearance for Bnei Yehuda tonight.

Neil Lennon is expected to make the midfield anchorman his second signing of the January window after sealing the £3.5million arrival of Polish striker Patryk Klimala yesterday.

Soro has been linked with a £2million switch from his Israeli outfit and could arrive this week.

The 21-year-old Ivorian enforcer has been on the Hoops’ radar in recent months and Lennon has received glowing reports on the player.

The Irishman raided the Israeli market in the summer to bring in versatile defender Hatem Abd Elhamed from Hapoel Be’er Sheva in a £1.8million deal.

Soro is likely to say his farewells to his team-mates and fans this evening when he turns out in an Israeli State Cup quarter-final against Hapoel Afula this evening.

His club have lost five out of their last six games and are desperate for Cup success with Soro a key player in their line-up.

New boss Elisha Levy, in a report in the Daily Record, said: “We intend to play our strongest possible team. We know how important this competition is and I’ve had a chat with the players about our recent run of form.

“The hope is a win here will help our confidence for the league campaign, too.”

However, Soro could be a Celtic player on a four-and-a-half year by the time the weekend games roll round.

Belgian club Genk expressed a late interest in the player – as CQN reported yesterday – but his likely destination is the east end of Glasgow.


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