Neil Lennon has been quoted by the Scottish Sun as saying that Celtic want to keep versatile ace Nir Bitton and hope to have a contract tied up with the Israel international sooner rather than later.
Bitton, 27, was brought to Glasgow by Lennon during the current manager’s first spell in charge at Parkhead in the summer of 2013. He has since clocked up 192 appearances in all competitions for the Hoops, winning six Scottish Premiership titles.
The midfielder has been used at centre-back by Lennon, becoming crucial to the side – even though he was more of a fringe player under Brendan Rodgers. He has already played 11 times this term, though he missed Saturday’s win over Hamilton.
But Bitton’s future is in doubt somewhat, given that his current deal expires at the end of the season. Lennon, though, stated that his contract situation is something that the club wants to change before it becomes too late.
“Obviously we know about his contract situation and that’s something we’ll be looking to change as we go along too,” Lennon said. “Hopefully we can get it sorted soon.”
TBR’s view – Bitton is important for Celtic, even if does not start
Losing Mikael Lustig in the summer was a blow for Celtic, not only on the pitch but off of it, too. A player that knows what it means to play for Celtic, having done so for so long.
Bitton is exactly the same. Though he may lack the quality of some of his teammates, his passion for Celtic is just what Lennon needs. Not only that, but his ability to play in multiple positions makes it a no-brainer to keep him.