Celtic defender Nir Bitton apologises on Instagram after dismissal and criticism
Celtic defender Nir Bitton has apologised to supporters on Instagram after being his sending off against FC Midtjylland.
Bitton received a soft first booking, but was given his marching orders after poking the face of Midtjylland man Anders Dreyer. In truth, it was an absolutely daft sending off, when Celtic had momentum.
Dreyer was subsequently given his own red card. The Danish winger accumulated a second yellow for simulation after 56 minutes [WhoScored?]. The game finished 1-1, and there’s every right for supporters to feel this was a winnable match.
It’s been a theme this year; in big matches, Bitton can lose his discipline. Against Rangers in January, the Israeli international was sent off just after an hour [Sky Sports].
It raises questions about his big-game temperament, but also of Celtic’s recruitment. Really, the Bhoys really should’ve had in another centre-back by this point.
Additionally, the performance of Dane Murray showed that there were natural centre-back options on the bench, who may see game time in Denmark.
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Bitton, for his part, offered an apology on Instagram. He said:
“This is my platform to speak and I just want to say sorry!
“I lost my head for a second and got punished for that… sorry again!”
Nir Bitton, before his Instagram apology, had taken some flak from pundits and fans alike. Chris Sutton simply called his second yellow “Daft” on Twitter:
Nir Bitton takes to Instagram for apology, but Celtic supporters left frustrated
Celtic had not long scored, and were in the ascendency when Bitton was sent off. Naturally, the supporters weren’t exactly happy with with the tenured Bhoys defender.
Bitton, nominally a midfielder, has often been drafted in as a make-shift centre back for big matches. Unfortunately, his lack of pace on the turn and rash tackling can be exposed by quicker, organised attackers.
Supporters had their say:
How many seasons is it now that we’ve been left relying on Nir Bitton playing as a centre half in euro qualifiers? The thing that riles me more than anything is how obvious some of our problems are yet season after season are failed to be addressed.— Alex Macdonald (@alxmacdon) July 21, 2021
Nir Bitton is experienced enough to know that when he’s on a yellow card that he can’t do what he did. It was pathetic, and it was needless.— Stefan (@MrStefanCarlin) July 20, 2021
Similarly at Ibrox in January, he makes a silly decision and it puts his team under pressure. Utterly brainless decision making. https://t.co/nXa9Hl698r
A Nir Bitton masterclass— jamie (@wegdog42) July 20, 2021
Whether Bitton can learn his lesson and be an asset to Ange Postecoglou is unclear at this stage. However, it’s happening far too often in big games. Especially for a player of such experience.