Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has sent a message to his Hoops teammates, insisting that it doesn’t matter who plays; they should continue to dominate and control the games they are involved in.

On Sunday, Ange Postecoglou’s squad was left hit with several Covid and injury issues, leading to a number of absentees such as Callum McGregor and Anthony Ralston.

When assessing the performance in the aftermath of the 3-1 victory, Bitton wasn’t looking to use that as any sort of excuse, as he insisted that the Hoops should continue to dominate and win games like Sunday’s.

“We knew before the game it didn’t matter what team we put out – we are the better team and had to control the game and show it on the pitch,” he said, speaking to the official club website.

“We have a strong squad, and it doesn’t matter who plays. We should dominate and control the matches.

“We made it difficult for ourselves. It was a comfortable game for us, and we controlled it from the first minute. I’m glad we won.

“We made one mistake, and we paid for that, but we need to learn for the future, and we need to be more ruthless and finish games off earlier. But, at the end of the day, the most important thing is we won.”

The message that Nir Bitton is getting across here is very much in line with the philosophy which Ange Postecoglou is looking to implement on his Celtic squad.

No matter who is in that starting line-up, they should know their roles and responsibilities in order to continue winning games, which is exactly what his side did on Sunday afternoon.

It is positive to see and hear this attitude coming across from not only Ange but also the players.


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