Chris Sutton has explained that Celtic’s Nir Bitton may be a great solution for manager Neil Lennon this season in the midfield.
Pundit and Ex-Bhoys ace Sutton has been explaining that 34-year-old captain Brown may not be able to play two competitive games a week on a regular basis.
He’s been assessing the potential options that could slot in for him and has put forward the case for Bitton.
Celtic can use Callum McGregor as a deep-lying playmaker in front of the back four, but Sutton believes that Bitton is more defensively switched on and a natural replacement.
Bitton has mainly slotted in at centre-back so far this season, but is a versatile ace that originally joined the Scottish champions as a midfielder.
The 27-year-old has a big physical presence in the centre of the park and is great in possession too.
He only played 10 times across all competitions last term across all competitions last season because of injury problems that have interrupted his six-year spell at Parkhead.
The Israel international has already played eight times this campaign, but was left on the bench on Thursday night for a 2-0 home win over Swedish opposition AIK in the first leg of a Europa League play-off qualifier.
“Nir Bitton is best suited [to step in for Brown]. I am a big fan of his and believe he has something to offer this season and not just as an emergency centre-back,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Record.
Bitton is a brilliant professional that continues to work hard at Celtic and it’s been positive to see him back in contention under Lennon .
He’s certainly capable of slotting into the midfield to screen the defence and giving Brown the odd game off could make sense.
The 6ft 4in colossus is getting some decent game-time under Lennon so far this campaign and it will be intriguing to see if he gets a role in some of the upcoming big fixtures.