Celtic’s final game of the season against Motherwell will be a party as the Hoops will receive the Premiership trophy after the game, but it will also be tinged with sadness, as the club have announced that two Celtic mainstays will leave the club at the end of the season.
The Hoops announced on Friday morning that Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic are leaving the club, and the game against the Fir Park side will be their last for the Bhoys.
The pair will leave Celtic after around 10 years at the club, and having won a remarkable 34 trophies between them.
The game against Motherwell should be a celebration of the duo and what they have contributed to the incredible success that the Bhoys have had over the last 10 years.
You have to think that both players will be in the starting line-up for the Hoops, and the duo could well get subbed at the same time, so the fans can give the duo one final ovation.
The Celtic squad seems to be evolving every season, and next season there will be few players left from the Hoops ‘invincibles’ of season 2016/17, only James Forrest and Callum McGregor will still be at Celtic Park.
The departing duo have supplied many big moments over the years, with Rogic getting most of the attention for some big goals he scored, but Bitton also contributed, and he was a mainstay for manager after manager in his time at the club.
One wonders if some other players will move on this summer, perhaps they won’t be as high-profile as Bitton and Rogic, but it does seem inevitable that more players will move on from Celtic before the Hoops return to competitive action next season.
As for Rogic and Bitton, they will be missed for different reasons. Rogic for his incredible skill and happy knack of scoring big goals in big games, such as in cup finals or against Rangers.
Bitton could do a job in both defence and attack, and was able to help slow a game down and help the team control the match, as he did when Celtic won at Ibrox last month.
The duo’s experience will be a big miss, as they have won it all in Scotland during their time at Celtic, and that will be difficult to replace in the Hoops dressing room.
It will be an emotional moment at Celtic Park when Bitton and Rogic walk off the pitch one last time for the Bhoys, and they will remembered for years to come for the success they brought to the Hoops.