Celtic Star Nir Bitton signs new three-and-a-half-year contract

NIR BITTON today put pen to paper on a new contract extension at Celtic that will see him remain at the club until the summer of 2023. The Israeli international has made no secret of his desire to remain at the club and will be delighted at finally agreeing a three-and-a-half-year deal with the club.

Bitton started and starred in yesterday’s 2-0 win over Hibs at Celtic Park and with Neil Lennon looking to push his attack minded full backs high up the park the new 3-5-2 formation could become a regular occurrence which will mean big Bitton getting a regular start alongside Jullien and Ajer, rather than being an able substitute.

“The Israeli internationalist joined Celtic back in August 2013, signing from FC Ashdod, where he’d spent the previous four years. His debut came in a UEFA Champions League group-stage match against AC Milan, and he has gone on to make 202 appearances for the Hoops, scoring 11 goals,” the official Celtic site stated.

“Now 28 and working again with Neil Lennon, who signed him for the club just over six years ago, Bitton has been capped 25 times by his country, and has played 21 games for Celtic this season, most recently in Sunday’s impressive 2-0 home win over Hibernian that restored Celtic’s two point lead at the top of the Premiership table. And, to date, the player has won six league titles during his time at Paradise.”

Bitton arrived as a defensive midfielder and can obviously cover in there as required. However his conversion to a highly competent central defender seems to have been significant in getting the club to move on a new deal. Last week Bitton spoke of being settled in Glasgow, wanting to stay at Celtic and urged Peter Lawwell to get his new deal sorted. That has now happened and it’s a very good piece of news indeed for the Celtic support.


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