By Noel Whelan

27th Jan, 2020 | 5:57pm

Exclusive: Whelan fires warning at Celtic signing after 'Very strange' confession

Noel Whelan has warned Celtic new boy Ismaila Soro that he needs to hit the ground running at Parkhead before he can start dreaming of a big-money move to European Champions Liverpool. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen forward suggested that the 21-year-old can be a great addition to the Hoops, but that he needs to get his priorities in order if he is to be a real success for the Scottish champions.

Soro completed a medical with the Bhoys last week and is awaiting a work permit and international clearance before he joins up with his new teammates in Glasgow.

The youngster caused a stir, however, when he suggested that it is his dream to play for Liverpool after he is finished with his time at Parkhead – prompting Whelan into a response.

“He’s going to bring you energy, he’s going to bring you freshness into that midfield,” he told Football Insider.

“Covers the ground well, is very tenacious in the tackle. He looks the sort of player that they need next to Brown.

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“He’s already said that he wants to play for Liverpool as well.

“I know it’s very strange to hear that when you’ve come to a new club, but if you want that stepping stone then you need to hit the ground running with Celtic and do a job for them first and foremost.”

The Daily Record report that Soro is set to touch down in Scotland to officially put the finishing touches to his four-and-a-half year deal later today.

The midfielder has been a mainstay for Israeli side Bnei Yehuda, playing 17 times in the league and a further four in the side’s ill-fated Europa League qualifying campaign. 

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