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  • Nir Bitton: I'm delighted to be staying at this amazing club

    Nir Bitton: I'm delighted to be staying at this amazing club

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 16 Dec, 2019 17:31

  • NIR Bitton has now been at Celtic for over six years, having signed from Israeli side, FC Ashdod, back in 2013 at the age of 21.

    Having now put pen to paper on a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the club, it will take him up to a decade with the Hoops, and the Israeli internationalist is delighted to have committed his future to the Scottish champions.

    Bitton, now 28, has made over 200 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals, and having recovered from a serious injury that saw him miss almost a year of football, he’s delighted at the trust the club has placed in him, something’s he’s determined to repay on the pitch.

    Speaking to Celtic TV, the player said: “It’s been an amazing six years but I just want to keep it going and make it an amazing 10 years, and hopefully I’ll do that.

    “I don’t take it for granted, especially after what I’ve been through. It was a tough time for myself and my family with the injury, but I’m happy to put it behind me now.

    “It’s a big statement for the club to give me a new contract and to show the trust they have in me, so I just want to show them on the pitch that I deserve a new contract and keep it going – keep winning trophies and keep winning games for Celtic, and make everyone happy.”

    Already this season, Bitton has been able to enjoy more silverware success with the Hoops, helping Neil Lennon’s side lift the League Cup last weekend with a 1-0 victory over Rangers at Hampden.

    Added to that has been the successful Europa League group-stage campaign, which saw the Hoops top their group and progress to the last 32 of the competition, where they will take on FC Copenhagen in February 2020.

    The Israeli player is also delighted that Neil Lennon, the man who brought him to Paradise back in 2013, is once again in charge at the club, and he’s looking forward to the challenges ahead.

    “It’s been a good week for us, winning the first trophy of the season and having the draw for the last 32,” he said. “We have big targets for this season – we want to win as many trophies as we can and to go as far as we possibly can in Europe, and hopefully we can do it.

    “Neil and I have a good relationship. He brought me here from Israel as a young player. He’s trusted me throughout all my time here and I just want to repay that on the pitch and help him achieve what he wants to achieve.

    When you play for such a big club, every game is an important one, but the big games are something that everyone looks forward to. Europe is something you always want to be part of, and to win the league is our bread and butter, so we’ll do everything we can to keep it going.”

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