Bitton describes what he felt when he wasn't being selected by Deila

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Israeli midfielder Nir Bitton admits he had doubts over his Celtic future as he fought to get back into the side.

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has described to the Herald what he went through while he was out of the side.

Bitton struggled to initially get his teeth into life at the club following a move in 2013 and his chances of regular game time didn’t appear to improve when Ronny Deila became Bhoys boss last summer.

That left him out of the side and facing a difficult challenge to force his way in and he’s described what it was like as he waited for a chance.

“I said to myself "if I don't change I will find myself out of this club". I was six or seven games out of the squad and the worst thing for a player is to be not part of the team, it's the best feeling in the world being involved,” he said.

Bitton has proven in recent games how important he is for the club and the advantages he creates when he’s in the team.

He controls the pace and flow of matches well, which enables Scott Brown to go after opponents and be aggressive, with Stefan Johansen moving further forward into a role just behind the frontline.

He’s a great example for other players at the club over how to use doubt and fear related to their position, turning it into something more positive.

He’s facing a race against time to be fit for the League Cup final against Dundee United this weekend, after twisting his ankle in the match against the Tangerines last weekend.

However, if Deila plays him, Celtic will be a more difficult side to beat as a result.

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