Celtic are currently going through a injury plagued season with a number of first team stars out of action. But the Hoops fans finally have some good news on the injury front as their Israeli utility man is set to return after spending over six weeks out with a thigh problem.
It is safe to say that Neil Lennon has not had a full strength squad available to him at any point this season due to the significant number of injuries that have kept multiple Celtic stars on the sidelines at one point of time or the other. Jozo Simunovic is out for the entirety of this year following knee operation, while players like Mikey Johnston and Leigh Griffiths are struggling to return to full fitness after a number of niggling injuries.
Another such star who has struggled with fitness these past few months is Celtic’s Israeli utility man, Nir Bitton. Bitton is a huge part of the squad due to the sheer number of roles he can play at a high level. As a result he has been one of Neil Lennon’s favourite options whether it comes to sticking him in positions where a man is injured or bringing him on as a substitute when the game needs a tactical readjustment.
Celtic have been without the Israeli over the last six weeks though after he went off injured with a thigh problem at around the hour mark in Celtic’s 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox earlier this season. The team has certainly felt his absence since then and while Jonny Hayes has tried to fill in and take up a similar Jack of all trades role on the left of the park, the fact is that the Irish does not have the versatility of Bitton.
Bitton made the bench in the match against Livingston but was an unused substitute as question marks still lingered over his fitness. But there is now some good news on Bitton as he is expected to finally return to Celtic action this week after playing the full 90 minutes in both of Israel’s UEFA EURO qualifiers this international break against Austria and Latvia, respectively.