NIR BITTON teared up during his farewell interview with Celtic TV on Friday afternoon. The midfielder had hinted at his exit for the past week before Celtic confirmed that he would be joining Tom Rogic and leaving the club.
The midfielder was overwhelmed but was happy to leave Celtic in their position, with a league title and Champions League football returning to Paradise.
Speaking to Celtic TV, the midfielder, who will depart after nine years with the club, said;
“It’s been a hell of a journey for me, with a lot of ups and downs, injuries, winning trophies, and making so many memories that will stay with me forever. It’s just very emotional for me.
“This club, I’ve spent most of my career here. To play for such a big club is just a privilege for me, and it’s always good to finish this journey with a championship and bring this club back to where it belongs – the Champions League.
“I really hope they smash the Champions League next year, and I’m going to be their number 1 fan forever, for sure.”
Bitton has turned his Celtic career around this season; he’s shown himself to be a valuable member of the squad, stepping into big games and taking control of the midfield.
He received a new role in the team, taking the vice-captain role when Ange walked in the door.
Luckily, Celtic have been proactive in their recruitment and have replacements already at the club. Matt O’Riley will take over Rogic’s spot, and Yosuke Ideguchi will have the chance to take over Bitton’s position.