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Celtic boss wants club to show commitment to improved midfielder Nir Bitton

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Celtic's Nir Bitton has been linked with an exit.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila is determined the club keep hold of Nir Bitton.

The Israeli international has a contract with Celtic until 2017, but Deila has told The Times he would like to see this extended further.

The Scottish Sun reported last week that Belgian side Club Brugge were weighing up making a bid to sign him this summer.

Deila wants the club to rebuff offers and keep Bitton long-term.

He said: "We’d rather give him a new contract than sell him."

He had also voiced his desire to hold onto Charlie Mulgrew and Virgil van Dijk, players also linked with exits.

After a difficult and injury interrupted debut season in Scotland, Bitton has bounced back especially in the second half of 2014/15 to establish himself as a key player. 

He has played a total of 41 games in all competitions for Celtic this season. While he is under contract for another two seasons, offering him an improved deal and extending his commitment would be an ideal way to convince the former Manchester City trialist to stick around, and send a message to interested clubs.

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