NEIL LENNON has confirmed Celtic are in talks with Nir Bitton to extend his Celtic stay beyond the summer.

Nir has been a squad rotation player since Neil Lennon came into the fold back in February, around the same time Nir was getting back from a year-long injury.

With the midfielder’s contract running out at the end of the season, Neil Lennon has told Peter Lawwell he’d like to keep the Israeli at the club.

Nir has been deployed more often as a makeshift centre-back rather than his original position as a central midfielder. His versatility a real asset to the club in Neil Lennon’s eye.

Speaking this weekend, the Celtic manager confirmed talks were ongoing and he was hoping for a positive resolution.

“We don’t want Nir to go, we want him to stay. So talks are ongoing.” Lennon told Sunsport. “We don’t want him to run down his contract, for sure.

“He has made indications that he would like to stay and that is what we want too. We will see how that pans out.

“Nir’s happy here and we’re hoping we’ll get a positive resolution to that as we go along.”

Even though both sides want to do a deal, it doesn’t always work out. If parties are too far apart in negotiations or there’s a fundamental demand that the other side can’t agree on, then it could be curtains for Nir. We point to Mikael Lustig leaving in the summer just gone even though both sides wanted a deal to happen.

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