Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told The Scottish Sun that midfielder Nir Bitton reminds him of Barcelona hero Sergio Busquets - but stills has work to do.
Deila saw his Celtic side beat Raith Rovers 2-0 in the Scottish League Cup on Wednesday, and now he is preparing his team to face Hearts at Celtic Park this weekend.
One player who should be in the side is Israeli midfielder Nir Bitton, who continues to go from strength to strength under Deila's tutelage.
The 23-year-old midfielder, who arrived from FC Ashdod in 2013, was a bit-part player under Neil Lennon, but became a key first team player under Deila last season, playing 40 games as he established himself as an invaluable anchor man in front of the Celtic defence.
Now, Deila has made a bold claim over the defensive midfielder, telling The Scottish Sun that the 6ft 5in star reminds him of Barcelona hero Sergio Busquets in some aspects, but also encouraged him to keep working on his defensive attributes.
"I think offensively he looks very like Busquets, defensively he is also on his way," said Deila. "But he still has to work on when the ball goes over his head, what’s happening with his recovery runs and how he thinks in that situation. With the ball in front of him he is good at winning possession and being aggressive."
Busquets has won it all in his career; the World Cup, the European Championships, La Liga and the Champions League to name but a few of the silverware he has won with Barcelona.
Now, Bitton may be a way of those trophies, but he continues to grow at Celtic, and there is now a sense that he could follow in the footsteps of Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama - all former Bhoys stars who ended up in the Premier League as a result of their excellent performances in Scotland.