Celtic’s move to get Nir Bitton tied down on a new contract until 2023 has to go down as a good piece of business by the club.
The player has featured in a number of positions for the club, most notably at both centre-half and midfield. He has looked comfortable in both, however, Neil Lennon has now had his say on where he believes Bitton’s best position is.
“Talented and powerful”
“He is talented and powerful. He’s playing really well after returning from his last injury. I thought he was excellent against Hibs on Sunday” Lennon said, as reported by the Evening Times.
“He can play a few roles really well, ultimately, I see him as a midfield player, but when he slots in at centre half it’s seamless for him” the Hoops boss concluded.
It is intriguing that Lennon sees the player as more of a midfielder. For much of Lennon’s time in his second spell as Hoop boss he has played in defence.
For example, Lennon didn’t have any fears about playing Bitton at centre-back at Ibrox in September. Indeed, the move paid off as Celtic were comfortable in a 2-0 win, and Bitton was excellent in defence.
Hoops boss originally brought player to club
However, it should not be forgotten that Lennon was the man who originally signed Bitton for the club in 2013. He more than likely signed the player as a midfielder. That will be why he identifies the player in that position first and foremost.
Now that Bitton has committed his long-term future to the club, he could perhaps be seen as the successor to Scott Brown in the squad.
Brown’s time at Celtic will most likely end after next season. Leading Celtic to 10 in a row seems like the perfect time to retire. The fact that Bitton will still be there means that he can seamlessly fit into Brown’s slot in the middle of the park.
That might be why Lennon sees the player as a midfielder.