Nir Bitton addresses where he wants to end his career after Celtic exit

By David Walton

May 22, 2022

Nir Bitton has stated that he wants to end his career in Israel after leaving Celtic this summer.

Bitton is awaiting his next big move after his 9-year career at Parkhead came to an end. Nir leaves the club with as many as 15 winner’s medals in what was a hugely successful period in the Israeli’s career.

However, at only 30 years of age, there’s still plenty of life in Bitton’s footballing days yet. Already there have been reports of clubs back in his homeland being interested in taking him back.

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And Nir has admitted that he wants to end his career back home whilst confirming he wants to move to a hot climate wherever he ends up next.

As quoted by Ynet, Nir said: “I haven’t decided what I want. I’ve always said I’ll go back to Israeli football, and I want to finish my career here, but right now I’m at a crossroads.

“The initial desire is to stay abroad, but after we have experienced Glasgow which does not have summer, it will only be for a warm country. We miss the sun.”

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It remains to be seen where Nir ends up. However, he’s clearly made his agenda clear when it comes to what he wants from his next move.

As well as a warmer climate, he’s already stated that he wants to be fighting for titles and trophies with his next club. It’s clear that the winning mentality gained at Celtic isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Whether Nir will be able to find a move fitting that description is anyone’s guess. Funnily enough, his ideal situation does indeed sound like his home country. But at the same time, he clearly feels he can still make an impact elsewhere in Europe.

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You couldn’t disagree with him either. Bitton didn’t leave Celtic as an over-the-hill, finished footballer. In fact, he left a hugely reliable figure of the squad and one that could easily have contributed to the cause next season. At only 30 years of age, it should still be some time yet before he thinks about his final days in the game.

He’s bound to have offers coming out of his ears when the time comes. When you look at Nir’s technical ability combined with his title-winning history, he’s a player many clubs could only dream of having on their books.

Hopefully, he enjoys a successful end to his career when it comes around. It’ll be interesting to see how long he puts off that move back to Israel.

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