Our View: Nir Bitton should be a Celtic centre-back from now on

By John Reid

March 6, 2020

Celtic’s Nir Bitton is perhaps unfortunate to be described as a utility player, as it indicates that he is suited to a number of roles in a team, instead of just one.

Indeed, in his time at Celtic, he has played in both the centre of defence, and in the centre of midfield. However, any debate over Bitton’s best position for the Hoops should come to an end following his solid display in the midweek 2-2 draw with Livingston.

It is no real surprise that the Hoops defence struggled against Livingston, it was always going to happen, especially after the first meeting between the teams this season.

Fared well against difficult opponent

However, it can be argued that Bitton was the best of the Hoops’ defenders against Livingston in midweek. He fared well against Lyndon Dykes, who once against gave Christopher Jullien a tough game.

Nir Bitton in action (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

Neil Lennon has mostly played Bitton as a centre-back this season, and any calls for him to be brought back into the team as a midfielder should come to an end after his performance against Livingston.

It has to be centre-back from now on for Bitton. The Hoops do have a number of centre-backs on their books, but when it comes to form at the moment, Bitton has to be one of the best centre-backs at the club.

Should still feature even if Hoops play two defenders

Should the Hoops move to two defenders at the back and not three, that should not prevent Bitton from featuring in the first-team.

(Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

It could be argued that Bitton is in better form than Kristoffer Ajer, who hasn’t been at his best recently. It can only be a good thing for Celtic to have so many players fighting it out for places in the first-team, at such an important time of the season.

Bitton’s return from injury and good form is indeed a bonus, and he should be given a run in the side at centre-back.

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