Nir Bitton has told the Daily Record that competition for places at Celtic should act as added motivation for those looking to nail down a spot in Ronny Deila’s side.
The Israeli midfielder is currently enjoying his most productive run at Parkhead, with his injury troubles of the recent past put to one side.
He is, however, aware that there are a number of colleagues waiting in the wings to oust him from the starting XI.
There is also plenty of transfer talk in Glasgow, with new arrivals expected during the January window.
Bitton, though, says he will embrace the challenge of scrapping for recognition and will continue to give his all for the good of the collective cause every time he takes to the field.
The 23-year-old, who operates best in a holding role, told the Daily Record: “It is very tough for me and very tough for the other midfielders. We have very strong competition. But I think when you have that it can bring the best out of you.
“I like it when there’s competition. It means I always have to be very good to keep my place, to keep myself in the manager’s thinking. That’s what I want to do. But it’s down to the manager and if he wants to pick me then I will do my best. If not, I just want the team to win.
“It’s not a worry time. But of course every player wants to play. I just train hard, I believe in myself, I know what I can give to the team and I just do whatever I can. I try to give the gaffer the reason to pick me. I just want to continue in the team.”
Bitton joined Celtic in the summer of 2013.
His debut campaign was disrupted by niggling knocks and the need for surgery.
He has, however, shown that he can be a physical presence in the middle of the park – one around which the Hoops can tick, with his ability to break up play and set forward moves in motion making him a key cog in the Parkhead machine.