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Celtic ace happy with his 'good form', praises team mate's work rate

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton heaped praise on midfield partner Scott Brown.

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has played a bit-part role since his 2013 move from FC Ashdod in his native Israel, which cost Celtic £700,000 - but now he's broken into Ronny Deila's first team.

Bitton, 23, has played in a number of games this month, even grabbing two assists in the Europa League game against Dinamo Zagreb to underline his growing importance to Deila.

Now, Bitton has told Celtic fans about his growing confidence, and how the arrival of Deila has helped him become a better player.

"I’m in good form just now but it’s not just me, it’s all the team," Bitton said in an interview with the Celtic official website. "Like every player, no-one can play well if the team doesn’t play well and the full team has helped me a lot. For a football player, nothing is bigger than confidence and when you get that you will perform better and I hope I can continue like that."

"The manager gives me confidence. In the last few weeks I have spoken to him a lot and he tries to explain what he expects from me. I then try to do that every day in training and every game and every minute I play. When I play well it works for me and it gives me a lot of confidence.

Bitton usually plays in central midfield alongside Scott Brown, who is something of a Celtic Park hero for his never-say-die attitude. The Israeli has heaped praise upon the Celtic captain, saying it's a joy to play alongside him in midfield.

“I’m enjoying playing with Broony in the middle as well," Bitton added. "I think to play alongside him in the middle is very good for me because he’s like an energiser. He never stops running and he helps me a lot.”

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