Nir Bitton contract may impact Celtic's transfer window plans

By John Reid

December 17, 2019

It will be interesting to see how Nir Bitton’s new contract at Celtic, which he signed on Monday, will have an impact, if any, on the club’s plans for the January transfer window.

For a start, it seems that the Hoops will not need to recruit any more central midfielders in January. Bitton, it should not be forgotten, is still a central midfielder. To be fair though, he has played at centre-back often for the Hoops.

Hoops have a number of central midfielders

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The Hoops have a plethora of players who can play in the middle of the park. Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Oliver Ntcham and now Bitton. Therefore, there is no need to add any more players to that area of the squad.

However, that might not be the case when it comes to signing a centre-back. Celtic may feel that only having two proper fit centre-backs at the club isn’t enough at the moment.

At the moment only Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer are fit. Jozo Simunovic still out and Jack Hendry out of the first-team picture.

That could be why the Hoops have reportedly bid for Cruzeiro centre-back Fabricio Bruno, with Globo Esporte reporting that a £2.5 million bid has been rejected.

Player to be used in natural position?

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Celtic might feel that another centre-back is need to provide instant competition for Ajer and Jullien. Maybe that is an indication that Bitton is going to be used more in his natural midfield role than the centre-back role he has played at times this season.

It seems that Bitton’s new deal will have more of an impact on Celtic’s centre-back area, than midfield. The deal is a good one for the Hoops overall. Neil Lennon and Hoops transfer guru Nick Hammond may have decided that Celtic need to focus on defence and attack in January now that Bitton has committed his future of the club. That seems reasonable, and it will be interesting to see who the Hoops sign in the next transfer window.