Former Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has completed a move to Maccabi Tel Aviv in his homeland Israel, the club announced today.

As you’ll know, Bitton left the Bhoys at the end of last season after a mutual parting of the ways that resulted in an emotional send-off on trophy day at Celtic Park.

He’s been linked with a number of clubs across Europe but it’s a return to Israel that’s been confirmed.

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Bitton is signing at Maccabi Tel Aviv for two years, with the option of a third-year held by the club.

The 30-year-old still has plenty to offer a club and is likely to get regular week-to-week football in the top-flight. He is highly-rated in Israel as a dependable international star.

He’s also the most successful Israeli football in history given the amount of trophies he won while playing in Celtic colours.

Bitton made 270 appearances in total for the club, winning an incredible 18 honours.

However, it became increasingly clear he would only be used as a squad option under Ange Postecoglou, rather than an every week starter.

He now has the opportunity to play more football while returning to his homeland, which sounds like a great move for him at this stage of his career and with a young family.

The very best of luck to Niro on his next adventure!

In other news, Next big Celtic announcement looks imminent.

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