Celtic star ‘couldn’t say no’ to Premier League move

Celtic’s holding midfielder Nir Bitton has revealed he couldn’t turn down a move to the Premier League if the right club came along, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

The 24-year-old has been in good form this season appearing 39 times in all competitions and scoring eight goals in the process.

Bitton recently became Israel’s captain and when asked by the Scottish Sun about a move to England, he said he would only leave for a club at top end of the table: “If I got an offer to play in a team in England who were at the bottom of the table, it would be better for me to stay at Celtic.

“That style of play wouldn’t suit me. But no player from Israel could say no to Arsenal, it doesn’t matter if I would just be sitting on the bench or not.

“I don’t think any player who comes from a country such as ours could possibly turn down that opportunity.”

His idol is fellow Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun who played for the Gunners as well as Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham and Bitton said he would like to emulate the 35-year-old.

“Yossi Benayoun played for three top Premier League teams and was a top player,” he admitted.

“He is my inspiration. In every interview I do I say I don’t want to leave Celtic because I really enjoy it there. But every player has ambitions to play in the top leagues in Europe and I won’t lie… I want to go there.”

Celtic are currently five points ahead of second placed Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership with six games to go.