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  • Nir Bitton: I'll play anywhere to help the team

    Nir Bitton: I'll play anywhere to help the team

    By: Joe Donnelly on 10 Jan, 2019 10:31

  • AFTER a year on the sidelines following knee surgery, Nir Bitton is delighted to be back fit and back training. Keen to put a challenging year behind him, he’s now desperate to get back playing on the pitch.

    And he’s not fussed about where that takes him – be that in his preferred central-midfield role, providing cover at centre-back, or even, should the manager require it, between the sticks!

    As a professional, you have to adapt yourself to any position the gaffer wants you to play,” the 27-year-old told this week's Celtic View. “For myself, I just want to play. If I need to play centre-midfield, I’ll play centre-midfield. If I need to play centre-back, I’ll play centre-back. If I need to play goalkeeper, I’ll play goalkeeper. I’d love to pull on the gloves!

    “Anything the gaffer wants, I’ll try to do my best to help the team. That’s always my main target.”

    Nir Bitton's lack of football for much of 2018 left him naturally frustrated, but he’s been nevertheless delighted to see the impact players like Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie have had on the team during the campaign – both domestically and in Europe. 

    Having played in in a number of different positions, Bitton admires the versality that McGregor has shown in all areas of the field this season – having played on the left-side of midfield, sitting deep in the anchor/controller role, and even having slotted in at left-back in place of the injured Kieran Tierney. 

    “It’s always good to be able to play in different positions,” said Bitton. “Callum is an unbelievable player, and Ryan is an unbelievable talent as well. When you’re a good player, it doesn’t matter where you play. If you’re a good player, you’re a good player.

    “Callum has shown his quality on so many occasions, all over the pitch. If it’s at left-midfield, left-back, centre-mid, defensive-mid – he’s such a great player.

    “When I was injured, I had a few chats the manager. He tried to lift my spirits, and he tried to help me during my injury any way that he could. He’s a good guy, he’s a good manager, he’s a good human being. But it wasn’t only the manager, it was all the staff, all the medical team, and my teammates.

    "Honestly, it was everyone around me. It was a tough injury, and I’m so lucky and happy to have so many people around me to support me.”

    Read the full and exclusive interview with Nir Bitton ONLY in this week's Celtic View. On sale now.

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