Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton was splashed about the tabloids and Celtic Interweb yesterday as “quotes” from his agent surfaced about the players future.
As soon as I seen these comments and headlines I was more than a little skeptical about their origin. The player has just signed a long-term deal at the club so talk of him moving on so suddenly was definitely a strange one.
It turned out to be nothing more than tabloid gossip, feeling the need to quell this rumour Celtic issued a statement that read –
A spokesperson for Celtic said: “We were delighted to agree a new contract recently with Nir and very pleased that he has committed his long-term future to Celtic.
“We know nothing about these reports but as Nir himself has said, Celtic is where he wants to be.”
Rarely do Celtic comment on the speculation surrounding any of the players but on this occasion had to put the record straight.
However, while the club says he’s going nowhere that is also somewhat misleading. Celtic can’t predict the bids and teams that are going to come in for any of their top talents in January and the summer. If the right bid came in for Nir then I’m sure like many players before him he would be off.
What Celtic are saying is the quotes were fabricated, the midfielder is enjoying his football and right now there are no bids for the Israeli and he will remain a Celtic player.