Nir Bitton recently returned to the Celtic side after a long-term injury – now he has set his sights on a notable achievement for the Hoops.
He wants to play his 200th game for the Scottish champions. He is currently on 193 apperances, and he has a good chance of reaching his goal before the end of the season.
“I’m very fortunate to still be part of this club” he said, as reported by the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 16, Page. 13).
“Keep going on”
“My next target is to get back on the pitch and get the 200 games under my belt, and keep going on for more” he concluded.
Bitton is one of the longest-serving players at the club. He was signed by Neil Lennon during his first spell as Celtic boss, and is one of the few players to have played under both spells of Lennon’s time as Celtic boss.
Player is trusted by the manager
Bitton is obviously a player that the Hoops boss trusts. That will be why he has featured regularly for the Hoops since Lennon took over firstly as caretaker manager then as permanent boss.
It seems likely that under Lennon’s management, Bitton will achieve his goal of making his 200th appearance sooner rather than later.
Who knows how many more he will make for the club after that. His contract does expire at the end of the season. However, when discussing this season, it looks as if Bitton will be a first-team regular for the Hoops, as long as he stays fit.