Report: Nir Bitton rejects first contract offer since leaving Celtic

By David Walton

June 21, 2022

Former Celtic defender Nir Bitton has rejected his first contract offer since leaving Parkhead as he turned down the opportunity to join Maccabi Tel-Aviv, according to Israeli outlet ONE.

Bitton officially left Celtic at the end of last season along with Tom Rogic in what were 2 big blows for the supporters. Nir was often underrated in Glasgow, and left with as many as 15 trophy successes to his name.

ONE reports that Bitton is wanted by Tel-Aviv boss Vladan Ivic, but that the club’s initial offer didn’t satisfy Bitton’s wage demands.

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The Israeli website states that negotiations have yet to resume between the club and the player, with Tel-Aviv seemingly exploring other options during the window.

The report claims that the club is still expected to raise more money to try and tempt Bitton on board. But it remains to be seen if the ex-Celtic man links up with his boyhood club.

In the past, Bitton has stated that he sees his European career continuing overseas [Mako]. Time will tell whether Maccabi Tel-Aviv will be able to lure him home.

Nir Bitton clearly relaxed on next move after trophy-laden Celtic career

Bitton hasn’t once given off the impression that he’s itching to sort out his next move anytime soon. Instead, it looks as though he’s taking a more relaxed approach to the situation.

With regards to where he could end up, it really will be down to Nir. Offers will be there for him if he decides to return home to Israel. But he’ll only want to join a club that’s fighting for titles in his homeland. Clearly, the winning mentality instilled into him at Celtic Park isn’t going anywhere.

Of course, Nir also has the potential luxury of going to one of the top leagues in Europe and experiencing that for a period of time. He has both the CV and the technical ability to make that kind of jump. Granted, it likely wouldn’t be to a club fighting for the top prize.

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A return to Tel-Aviv looked inevitable as recently as last week when both parties were locked in talks. But evidently Nir won’t be persuaded to return to his homeland so easily next season.

Meanwhile, Rogic has also yet to finalise his next move after leaving Glasgow. All the best to both men wherever they decide to head off to this summer.

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