Celtic Nir Bitton has declared himself ready to return from injury and help Celtic in their quest for a treble treble.

The Israeli midfielder, who has also played at centre-half for the Hoops, has been out since last February.

With a busy run in ahead of the Bhoys after the winter break, Bitton’s return will be a welcome one.

The Israeli midfielder suffered his injury on Kilmarnock’s plastic pitch.  (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The utility man plans on using the winter break in Dubai to return to full fitness.

He told the Celtic view: “After the winter break, I’ll keep pushing, keep training hard, and hopefully I’ll get some game time.

“Hopefully we’ll win some more trophies this season.”

Bitton’s versatility could be a huge boost to Celtic after the winter break.

His return to fitness may also provide Brendan Rodgers with another option at centre-half if Dedryck Boyata leaves the club.

Bitton’s intelligence on the ball has been missed this season. (Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Although he is excited to return, Bitton spoke of his dismay at being injured for such a long period.

“It’s tough staying positive, especially when you get a long-term injury.

“Sometimes people don’t understand, sometimes people take the simple things in life for granted.”

He has vowed to enjoy every minute on the park after he makes his return from injury.

However with the season hotting up, time for enjoyment may have to wait for Bitton.

Rodgers has called on Bitton to fill in at centre-half. (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Nir-ly there

Many fans aren’t too keen on the Israeli international however. He has often been cited as being too slow on the ball and ponderous in possession.

There is no doubt though, that he offers Celtic a passage to play out of the back when he’s filled in at the back.

Celtic need to go out and sign a centre-half this winter, it would be criminal if they let Boyata go without a replacement.

However, Bitton’s return from injury should not be treated like a new signing. Reinforcements must be brought in.

Although his versatility can be used if need be, it can’t be used as plan B for Rodgers.

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