Nir Bitton linked with Celtic exit

Celtic star Nir Bitton could be set for a summer exit as it’s reported he’s a transfer target for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The 29-year-old moved to Parkhead in the summer of 2013 and has won 16 trophies including becoming a Premiership champion seven times.

The Israel international can play both at centre-back and in the middle of midfield and has racked up more than 200 appearances for Celtic.

According to the Scottish Sun though he’s being lined up for a return to his homeland, with Maccabi Tel Aviv weighing up a summer transfer movee.

Bitton has two years left on his contract and would not be allowed to leave on the cheap but with a rebuild likely after this season a deal may be done.

His compatriot Hatem Elhamed is ready to complete a move this month as he nears a return to Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

The right-back has struggled to adapt to life in Scotland, with his family still at home in Israel during the coronavirus pandemic.

Manager Neil Lennon explained: “Hatem was going through a really difficult time. His wife and son were back in Israel and he was here on his own.

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“He was struggling with life away from the training ground and stadium.

“We have to take into consideration the human factor on that. I wouldn’t say he was suffering from depression but he was very low.

“So we’ve made the right decision for him and the club.”

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