NIR BITTON’S time at Celtic was filled with ups and downs, leaving fans with divided opinions on the player.

It can’t be denied that Bitton was successful at Celtic; he did win more trophies at the club than most would in their whole career.

However, the midfielder was reduced to tears after the abuse he received from some fans after his rugby-like tackle in a Glasgow Derby that saw the midfielder receive his marching orders.

As a result, a Parkhead exit seemed a certainty for the player. But Ange Postecoglou turned his Celtic career around and handed him a vital role in the squad.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Bitton opened up on the abuse he received as a result of his Ibrox sending off, and how it left him feeling;

“Last year when I got the red in the Old Firm, it was the hardest time of my life.

“I have never faced such a difficulty in my life. There were thousands of posts, I stopped counting, I stopped logging on to Instagram.

“I would find myself lying in bed crying. I said ‘How did I get here? What did I do when I got here?’

“It was not an easy time, when my wife wanted us to go shopping I would tell her’ sorry, I’m not leaving the house.”

Some fans didn’t cover themselves in glory last year – the bhoys in green totally capitulated under Neil Lennon. Nir wasn’t the only one to receive abuse, but it might prompt some supporters to remember these footballers are only human.

Bitton has now left Celtic a year before his contract was up, but he walks away as a free agent. Able to talk to clubs as he wishes, the midfielder is yet to decide where he’ll play his football next season.



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