Celtic manager Neil Lennon wants Nir Bitton to sign a new contract at the club, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season, The Scottish Sun report.
It was reported last month that Bitton was the subject of £1m interest from English Premier League side Burnley (The Scottish Sun).
However, if the manager has his way then the Israeli international will be at the Hoops for years to come.
There are also promising indications that the midfielder, who can also play as a centre-half, wants to continue with the Scottish champions.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Lennon said: “We don’t want Nir to go, we want him to stay. So talks are ongoing.
“We don’t want him to run down his contract, for sure.
“He has made indications that he would like to stay and that is what we want too. We will see how that pans out. Nir’s happy here and we’re hoping we’ll get a positive resolution to that as we go along.”
Where does he fit in?
Bitton adds excellent versatility and depth to the Celtic squad, able to perform to a high standard in multiple positions for Lennon, who is clearly a fan.
Although not considered a key player in the starting eleven, he’s still managed to make 16 appearances this season, ten of which have come from the start of games.
He’s the manager’s go-to man when he feels we need to tighten up a match or protect a lead. As viable direct back-up to Christopher Jullien, Kristoffer Ajer and Scott Brown too, he’s exactly the kind of squad player we need.
If he’s happy with that role at the Hoops, often modern footballers aren’t, then he can be a real credit to the club for a few years yet.
Hopefully, Lennon gets his contract wish over the coming weeks.