Some Celtic fans react to Nir Bitton's contract extension
Some Celtic fans have been left delighted by the news that Nir Bitton has committed his long-term future to the club, as announced by CelticFC.net.
The Israeli international’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of the current season, with clubs like English Premier League side Burnley reported to be keen on signing him this January (The Scottish Sun).
However, he has now put pen to paper on a new three-and-a-half-year deal which will see him remain at the club until the summer of 2023.
Bitton has had his ups and downs at Celtic, but over the last 12 months has proven himself to be a very capable utility player who can slot in as a centre-back or his natural position as a defensive central midfielder.
Neil Lennon, who signed him initially, is clearly a big fan and it seems certain he’ll now remain an important and experienced member of the Celtic dressing room.
When things are tight in a match and Bitton is on the bench, he’ll often shortly be seen to shore things up.
It would be easy to overlook his contributions, but our squad can’t be full of guaranteed starters. We do need players who are happy to play a less intense backup role.
Plenty of fans seem delighted with the news – thousands have shared or liked the announcement on social media.
This lot have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all…
— George Paterson (@gfpaterson) December 16, 2019
Superb news. Very underratted player
— Colm (@AtownColm) December 16, 2019
Another 4 years from the Big Israeli! He’s earning his place every single time he steps on that pitch! Brilliant news🍀
— ᴄʜʟᴏᴇ🍀. (@ceedeexo) December 16, 2019
Delighted with this news . Can continue our Nir Bitton/ Far Bitton joke depending where he is on the pitch .
— ‘Boab (@fashionguru58) December 16, 2019
Testimonial on the cards if he sees it out.
— Champers For Goalposts 🍀 (@MickMcDowel) December 16, 2019
One of the best squad players we’ve had at the club. Reliable player 👌
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— Celtic_CW (@I_C_Celtic) December 16, 2019
— Wolfe Of Parkhead 🍀🏴 (@ParkheadWolfe) December 16, 2019
Nice one , big man always steps up when needed , nae fuss and always gives his all 👌👏👏🍀🍀🍀
— DAMAGE INC. FRIMPONG 🤘✌️☠️🍀🏴 (@uddybhoy1) December 16, 2019
Fully deserved, his role cannot be undervalued. Comes in and does this job without qualms, whenever called upon.
— Liam (@LK95_) December 16, 2019