Brendan Rodgers has revealed he won’t stand in the way of Nir Bitton if the right offer comes for the midfielder this month.

The imminent arrival of Kouassi Eboue from Krasnodar could signal the end of the 25-year-old’s time at Celtic in the January window.

Speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times, Rodgers said:

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 was unfortunate when he came off against Rangers that Stuart came in and flowed – but that’s football. He’s come into games and done his job well. He’s just signed a contract but of course I’ll always have conversations with players.

I think there will be a natural thing for players wanting to play. For players it’s generally about game time and money and it can be difficult. But for Nir there’s not a problem – he’s a fantastic boy.

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The Israeli international is Celtic’s most used substitute this season and has fallen out of favour since the emergence of Stuart Armstrong in a defensive midfield role alongside skipper Scott Brown.

Making just 12 starts in 24 appearances, Bitton hasn’t been able to get any consistency to his game and could be one of the first to exit the Paradise doors this month permanently as Rodgers trims his squad further.

Bitton has made 133 appearances, scoring 12 goals and providing 11 assists during his time at the club so far.

Celtic are in action again on January 22nd when they travel to the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie to face Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup.

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