Nir Bitton has told the Daily Record that he is desperate to remain at Celtic beyond the end of the season – amid reported Premier League interest and with his contract set to expire at the end of the 2019-20 campaign.
Bitton, 28, remains a crucial part of Celtic’s side and has been rejuvenated under Neil Lennon – who first brought the Israel international to Celtic in the summer of 2013. Bitton clocked up his 200th Celtic appearance on Sunday against Rangers.
The Hoops earned a narrow 1-0 win over Rangers to win the Betfred Cup, with Bitton coming on soon after Jeremie Frimpong was sent off. He proved crucial in solidifying the Celtic defence and keeping Rangers at bay to make it 10 trophies in a row.
Bitton’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the season, while the Scottish Sun claim Burnley want to sign Bitton for £1million in January. But the former FC Ashdod star has stated he is desperate to remain at Parkhead.
“It’s something you need to ask Peter Lawwell instead of me,” Bitton declared. “But I love this club and I want to stay. I am settled here, my kids live here, so we will see.”
TBR’s view – Is it worth keeping Bitton at Celtic?
Under Lennon, Bitton is at his best. But there are many more reasons why he is crucial to the Scottish champions.
The midfielder has added versatility to his game following his time under Brendan Rodgers, playing on the right side of the defence and at centre-back. He also knows what it means to play for Celtic, after a double century of appearances.
Keeping Bitton is excellent cover for Celtic’s starting eleven, and will play with passion in multiple positions. It is a no-brainer for Celtic to keep him for another two years.