Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed the club are working hard to ensure that Nir Bitton remains at the club beyond the end of the season.
The Israeli international’s current deal expires in June next year, but he has become an important part of the first team in the opening weeks of the campaign.
Bitton has had to play in the centre of defence due to the lack of other options but Lennon has said he is delighted with the 27-year-old’s contributions:
“I was delighted with the way he was playing, he’s been outstanding whether he has played in midfield or at centre-half. Sometimes he can be a bit too composed! But from what I’ve seen of him lately, he’s been absolutely superb. There’s a maturity about him as well that has pleased me.”
“Obviously we know about his contract situation and that’s something we’ll be looking to change as we go along too. Hopefully, we can get it sorted soon.”
The defender/midfielder did not feature against Hamilton at the weekend as he is currently out injured with a hamstring problem.
Bitton’s estimated return date is likely to be the match against Livingston on 6th October, and he will again be missing when Celtic face Rennes this week.
He’s also unavailable for four other games, including the league fixtures against Kilmarnock and Hibernian, the League Cup tie versus Partick Thistle and the Europa League group stage match against Cluj.