A class act: Celtic player Nir Bitton shines despite defeat

Celtic may have lost to Inter Milan on Thursday, but Nir Bitton can hold his head high.

Celtic put in a brave performance against Inter Milan in the San Siro, playing 54 minutes of the match with just 10 men after Virgil van Dijk was sent off for a second bookable offence nine minutes before half-time.

The Scottish side ultimately lost 1-0 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate but one player in particular can hold his head high today after a wonderful individual performance.

Nir Bitton may only be 23, but he showed what a player he is and what a player he could become with a mature, solid performance against the Serie A giants.

This was Bitton’s 27th appearance this season and it will go down as one of his very best, as he held firm in the face of constant Inter pressure and along with Celtic teammate Jason Denayer did all he could to keep his opponents at bay.

A late Fredy Guarin strike ensured Inter won on the night but that should take nothing away from Bitton’s contribution.

  Passing AccuracyTacklesInterceptionsClearancesPassesLong BallsAccurate Long BallsMins Played
Nir Bitton 78.6% 4 1 2 42 7 5 90

Bitton had a passing accuracy of 78.6 per cent and he made four tackles, one interception and two clearances.

He also stood like a rock throughout, putting in a performance that belied his years and suggested Celtic have a player who can grow into a mightily impressive defensive midfielder both on these shores and in Europe.

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