Rodgers opens door for Bitton exit from Celtic

As reported by The Sun, Celtic star Nir Bitton could be set for an exit from the club after Brendan Rodgers opened the door for the midfielder to find some regular first team football.

What’s the story?

Bitton has started just one game since October and the international midfielder has the manager’s blessing if he wants to leave the club this month.

Rodgers understands the desire to play regularly and like Stefan Johansen, who is now excelling at Fulham, won’t stand in any player’s way if they feel their career is better served elsewhere. That is, of course, if it also suits Celtic.

Quoted by The Sun, Rodgers said of Bitton:

“I respect it’s a short career. I’ll see what offers come in and assess it from there. He knows where I’m at. Any time he’s knocked on my door it’s to ask how he can improve and be better. He’s just signed a contract here, but of course, I’ll always have conversations with players. I had an honest conversation with Stefan Johansen, and if what any player wants to do marries with the thoughts of the club then it’s fine.”

With the imminent arrival of Kouassi Eboue from Russian club Krasnodar, Bitton’s first team action is likely going to be even more limited going forward.

Midfield misfit

Nir Bitton hasn’t quite settled into Brendan Rodgers’ midfield, at times looking well off the pace in high tempo and high stakes matches.

Celtic fans have been delighted by the impact of Stuart Armstrong who has replaced Bitton in the pecking order at the Hoops. Armstrong’s dynamic and energetic displays have been a massive contrast to the performances from the Israeli international over the last 18 months.

Bitton has never looked out of place at Scottish Premiership level but the Bhoys are seeking massive improvement in Europe and important choices need to be made over the next two transfer windows.

The midfielder would like do an excellent job at a different club, he has plenty of ability, for us he just lacks compatibility with the Rodgers system and a parting of the ways is likely best for both parties.