Video: Nir Bitton's final emotional goodbye to Celtic support

By Lewis Laird

May 18, 2022

Former Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has said his final goodbyes to the Hoops’ support in an emotional interview released by the club.

Last week, the 30-year old announced he would be departing the club alongside Tom Rogic after spending nine years in Glasgow.

Bitton and Rogic were handed the opportunity of a brilliant send-off in front of a packed Celtic Park on trophy day last weekend.

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The Israeli internationalist was handed the chance to say his final goodbyes in an interview with the club, and it was an emotional goodbye for Bitton after all his ups and downs at Celtic.

After almost reaching a decade of service, the club clearly means a lot to the midfielder, who touched on what it meant to pull on the Green and White Hoops.

He said [Celtic TV]: “I never thought this day would come, and now when it’s actually coming, it’s a really sad day for me. Basically, this is all I know this club.

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“I’ve been here for nine years, I came as a young boy, and if you told me when I signed that I would stay here for nine years, win 18 trophies, and make 270 appearances, I would bite your handoff.

“It’s just a great achievement for me and for my family. I’m just glad that I had the opportunity to play for this amazing club, to be part of this successful decade of the club, and I’m very sad to leave.”

Throughout this brilliant interview, it is clear to see how much his time at Celtic meant to Nir Bitton.

It is fair to say that Bitton had his share of ups and downs whilst in Glasgow. But, there is no doubting his commitment and effort levels during his long spell.

There aren’t too many players who will go on to lift as many trophies as the midfielder has at Parkhead, playing his part in one of the club’s most successful periods in the modern era.

Looking through his highlights as a Celtic player, there are also some brilliant strikes that won’t be forgotten.

We wish Nir all the best in the future!

In other news, the 6 loan players returning to Celtic this summer; big decisions to be made.