Celtic manager Ronny Deila will be delighted with the form of his side and the performance of the team as they condemned Dundee United to another heavy defeat last night.
Celtic definitely have the edge over the Tangerines at the moment and a large part of that is down to the midfield partnership between captain Scott Brown and Israeli Nir Bitton.
In short, they are a brilliant combination to watch in action.
There are more talented and more creative players across Celtic’s midfield such as Stefan Johansen, but the work Brown and Bitton do for the whole side is priceless.
Brown, as captain, is always under pressure and always puts his hand up to lead by example.
He’s the player in Celtic’s midfield who does the dirty work. He hurries opposition players and generally drifts into positions around the pitch where a little bit of pressure is building, looking to release it before it develops into something dangerous, which could help the Bhoys.
His ability to be versatile and drift into different positions allows Bitton to concentrate on a central focus, allowing the Israeli to be the player though which defensive play quickly turns into attack.
Most importantly, Brown creates an extra barrier between the midfield and Celtic’s back four.
There are better and more traditional holding players around, but he carries a presence which makes him intimidating and puts opponents onto the back foot.
The control that Bitton shows on the ball allows Johansen, the wide men and the front players to make a variety of different runs for him to supply that pass whether it’s into feet or into space.
Bitton also has a bit about him physically and a good core strength, which means he’s not often brushed off the ball easily, which allows Celtic to maintain the pressure they build up.
Bitton also has guts. Other players wouldn’t have worked as hard as he did last week to overcome an ankle problem. It could well still be a bit sore, but he’s showing no signs of a problem.
Brown and Bitton are certainly two names, which could become synonymous if the Bhoys now push on and do the treble.