Nir Bitton could make his return from injury when Israel take on Austria on Thursday evening.

The Celtic midfielder hasn’t featured for club or country since the derby win at Ibrox at the start of September. Bitton hobbled off with a hamstring injury after an hour during the 2-0 win and has been on the road to recovery ever since.

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He’s missed our opening two Europa League group matches and a handful of league encounters but will soon be back in action, possibly even on Thursday.

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His Israel side are big outsiders as they travel to Austria in a key Euro 2020 qualifier. The Israelis are currently fifth in a group of six but victory could move them up as far as third and keep them in with a chance of qualification.

 

International break gives Bitton chance to return from injury

International breaks are often seen as a nuisance for club sides. They disrupt any momentum teams have built up but fail to afford a break to key players who are selected by their nations.

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That is the case for a number of key Celtic men. The likes of Callum McGregor, James Forrest and Kristoffer Ajer could all do with a rest but they’re unlikely to get it with their countries relying on their abilities.

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However for players returning from injury, the international breaks can give them an ideal chance to get up to speed. If Bitton features for Israel in either of their upcoming matches it will mean that he’s more up to speed by the time Celtic are back.

The 27-year-old has become a pretty reliable player for the club over the past six months. If he’s fit and fully firing then he can certainly push for a starting spot in Neil Lennon’s side.

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