It seems that Nir Bitton’s time at Celtic could be coming to an end, after nine highly successful years in Glasgow.

The Daily Record is reporting that the player is considering a return to Israel, as both Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa are interested in signing the 30-year-old, but Celtic do have the option of activating another year on the midfielder’s contract.

Should Bitton leave Celtic in the summer, he can be proud of how his time at Celtic went. He has won 17 trophies in his time at the club, and in the next week it will be an 18th when the Bhoys win the Premiership, which will be an eighth league title for Bitton.

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When all of Celtic’s midfielders are fit, Bitton probably won’t get in the Hoops side, but he has proved to be a more than useful player many times over the last decade.

The fact that so many managers at Celtic have selected Bitton on a regular basis shows that the player had something to offer, and he has featured regularly for the Hoops this season, even if he has not started every game. He has made 37 appearances for the Bhoys, which shows how important a player he is for Celtic.

Bitton played much better for the Hoops when used as a midfielder, than when he played as a centre-back. Unfortunately due to Celtic’s at time poor transfer policy, Bitton on more than a few occasions had to play at centre-back during Champions League qualifiers.

Sometimes that worked out and at times it didn’t, but the player doesn’t deserve any blame for that, it was the club’s fault for not signing the players in time.

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Bitton’s last real notable contribution for the Hoops was in the huge league game against Rangers at Ibrox last month. With Celtic under a lot of pressure and holding a one-goal lead, Ange Postecoglou brought on the midfielder and he had an excellent game, protecting the Hoops defence and keeping the ball in the middle of the park.

If the player does leave Celtic, he deserves a fond farewell from the club and from the fans, as he has been a very valuable player to the Hoops over the years, and he has played a big part in the huge success that Celtic have had over the last 10 years.

When Celtic lift the Premiership trophy against Motherwell, Bitton could well get a special cheer from the crowd if it turns out to be his last game for the Hoops. He deserves that after what has been a very successful career in Glasgow.