NIR BITTON has now left Celtic as a free agent. The club had the option to extend his Celtic contract by a year and had tried to negotiate an extension. However, the midfielder believed his time at Celtic was up.
Nir Bitton has explained to supporters why he decided to call it quits in Glasgow for the first time after he left Celtic. The holding midfielder had the chance to say a final goodbye to a full Celtic Park after the side’s final game of the season. Coming on from off the bench, he received the captain’s armband while the crowd gave the Israeli one last cheer.
Speaking to Sport 1, the midfielder, who’s in search of a new club, reasoned why he left Celtic, saying;
“I signed a new contract in 2019. I just finished it after three years. They had an option to continue the contract and they offered me a new contract not on the terms of the option. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not about money. I just got some kind of extraction. I won everything there, I played in all the possible competitions against the biggest players and I want to experience something different, whether it’s abroad or if it’s in Israel.
“The week before the official announcement of the departure was very difficult for me. I cried a lot. I’d see videos and the tears would come out. It’s a club I’ve spent my entire career in. I’ve been through everything there: wins, sad moments, injuries, titles… I’ve seen my whole career go before my eyes in a few moments.
“In the last game, which was also a coronation game. I sat on the bench before the players came up and there was an exciting atmosphere. And when the Celtic crowd sang You’ll Never Walk Alone with the scarves in the air I cried and couldn’t control it. I owe Celtic a lot for the trust and everything they have given me in my career and life. I will stay a Celt forever. ”
Postecoglou had prepared for Bitton’s exit. After all, Bitton had been engaging in discussions with the club throughout the season, so his desire to leave would’ve been known for a few months.
Ideguchi is to replace the departing Bitton, with the Celtic manager confirming the January signing will play a more significant role next season.