Nir Bitton's brilliant response when asked why he didn't leave Celtic sooner

By David Walton

May 16, 2022

Nir Bitton delivered a brilliant response when asked why he didn’t leave Celtic Park sooner by Israeli media.

Bitton has officially left Parkhead after 9 years at the club. Throughout that time the midfielder showed Celtic fantastic loyalty even when his stock was at its peak.

The player had been linked with several moves to top leagues around Europe. But nothing came out of any of them as Nir dedicated the best of his playing days to the Hoops.

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As he weighs up his next move, he’s been speaking about his time in Glasgow. And in an interview published by Israeli outlet Mako, Bitton explained why he didn’t leave Celtic earlier in his career to play in one of the bigger leagues:

“I have no feeling of missing out. [I had] Nine years in one of the biggest clubs in British football. If Celtic were in the Premier League it would be a top 4 team in size. I was in a huge club.

“I think when people in this country talk about the Scottish League it is a little underrated. It’s not weak.”

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Nir Bitton’s Celtic career shouldn’t be plagued by thoughts of what if

Seldom nowadays do you get players who commit the entirety or vast majority of their career to Celtic Park. It’s even rarer when it comes to players who aren’t homegrown. That tends to only happen when talents reach the pinnacle of European or World football.

But Bitton, along with Tom Rogic, beaks the mold when it comes to that specific subject. He was never one to down tools or complain about not being granted a move. He always came across as a player who was grateful to have been operating at one of the biggest clubs in British and European football.

Bitton’s role at Parkhead, in the end, ended up being as a squad player. A reliable figure you could easily use for rotation and not lesser the quality of your midfield. But there was a time back in the Ronny Deila and even Brendan Rodgers days when he was undroppable.

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Yes, he’s had his ups and downs. You can’t be at a club like Celtic for 9 years and not experience it as anything other than a rollercoaster of emotions. But he came to Scotland as an Israeli novice and leaves with 15 winner’s medals. Not a bad total.

He recognised the size of the club he was playing his football with. He knew it wasn’t something you could just give up and find similar happiness elsewhere. And all credit to him for that.

Hopefully, wherever Nir ends up, he can continue to rack up the trophies as he comes towards the latter stage of his career.

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