Nir Biton: Celtic's alternative Player of the Season

Taking a closer look at the player who should challenge Craig Gordon and Virgil van Dijk for Celtic's Player of the Year award.

As another season draws to a close, thoughts will turn to which players will ultimately be crowned the best for their clubs.

When it comes to Celtic, there appear to be two main contenders in the form of goalkeeper Craig Gordon and defender Virgil van Dijk.

Gordon has surpassed all expectations, signing for Celtic after no competitive action for two years only to make an impressive 42 appearances for the Bhoys; while van Dijk has been vital in the heart of the defence, featuring 48 times and guiding his side to the brink of an historic treble.

But there is another player who could ultimately pip both men to the post when it comes to Celtic’s Player of the Year – Nir Biton.

The defensive midfielder had a solid debut campaign, during which he featured 20 times before injury ended his season early. But this year he has developed into one of the most impressive young players in Britain.

The 23-year-old has featured 33 times for Ronny Deila’s men this season, and he is impressing more by the week.

A standout moment was the Europa League tie against Inter Milan when Biton showed he could cut it with the best of them, but in truth he has excelled week in, week out.

Other players may pip him to this particular award but quite simply he is Celtic’s alternative player of the year, and in the next few seasons do not be surprised to see him making a habit of claiming the real title, too.

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