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Celtic: Nir Bitton linked with summer transfer exit

Celtic saw a significant number of players make moves away from the Parkhead club during the previous summer and winter transfer windows.

The Hoops cashed in on the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer and Ryan Christie whilst also seeing many other figures leave on loan deals.

Another figure that left the club was midfielder Scott Brown who joined Aberdeen on a free transfer after spending 14 years at Celtic.

Now that the next summer transfer window is around the corner, it seems as though the Bhoys could be set to see another player that has been at the club for a significant period of time make a move.

What’s the news?

According to a recent report from Sport5, Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Tel Aviv are eyeing up a potential summer move for Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton.

The Bhoys signed the midfielder back in the 2013 summer transfer window from Israeli club FC Ashdod.

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Since then, the 30-year-old has gone on to make 270 appearances for the Hoops across all competitions, scoring 15 goals and delivering 16 assists along the way.

Time to get rid of Bitton

Even though he’s been at the club for a long time, this summer would be the ideal time for Celtic and Ange Postecoglou to finally axe him from the club.

With his current contract due to expire in May 2023, this summer is potentially the last time the Hoops can pick up some sort of transfer fee for him rather than seeing him leave on a free when his deal comes to an end.

Should Celtic get rid of Nir Bitton this summer?

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This season has seen the veteran start 11 league games for his side and earn himself a rather uninspiring performance rating of 6.6 from WhoScored, making him one of the lowest-rated Celtic players still in the squad to start more than two league games.

This shows that not only is the £14k-per-week midfielder not at the top of the pecking order for Postecoglou but also that he hasn’t been making the most of his chances when he has had the opportunity to play.

Furthermore, he is prone to a reckless mistake, with his red card at the beginning of the term against FC Midtjylland arguably costing them a place in the Champions League, an eventuality that would have presented Celtic with a significant windfall of cash.

Having been slammed for his “daft” decision making in the past by Frank McAvennie as well as being labelled as a “walking joke” by Bhoys Analytics on Twitter, Bitton should not be in Postecoglou’s plans for next season if the Hoops boss wants to progress and push his side further.

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