Celtic are entering a contract crisis when it comes to stars such as Nir Bitton. The Israeli, Jonny Hayes and Craig Gordon are in their final years this season.

All three aren’t major players in the team, making the situation even more delicate. After bigger players such as Dedryck Boyata left this summer, it shows nobody’s place is safe.

Celtic awaiting potential contract problems with Bitton and co

Just after a hectic summer transfer window, some eyes are turning to the next one.

Neil Lennon is going to have a big job on his hands in January. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

January is going to be just as big as the Hoops will continue to build on this season’s recruits. The jury is still out on the defence and others may be on the way out that we don’t know about.

One focus in the winter will be the contract situation with those in their last year. Hayes, Gordon and Bitton are top of that Celtic list.

Gordon is being pushed out the team at present by Scott Bain and now Fraser Forster.

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Bitton is breaking back into the team but out of position at centre-back to cover for injuries.

Nir Bitton is Celtic’s new makeshift centre-back. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whereas Hayes is a sporadic player who has done himself a lot of favours with his goal against Rangers.

Who is Lennon going to choose to continue their Celtic journey?

Makeshift defender has the advantage over team mates

Unfortunately age is against Hayes and Gordon when it comes to contract renewal. Furthermore, they are playing far less football that the 27-year-old Israeli.

Nir Bitton holding the Scottish Cup aloft last season to seal treble treble. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

In a year Bitton will be entering his peak age as a footballer and Lennon is more likely going to keep him. However, Lennon is loyal to many players and he will like the grind and work Hayes and Gordon put in.

Nevertheless, players need to move on and the team need to create space to improve. Football can be cruel at times but when the time is right to go then everyone must move on.

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