Nir Bitton explains what he thought before signing new Celtic contract

Midfielder Nir Bitton has signed a new deal with Celtic.

Celtic have confirmed on their official website that midfielder Nir Bitton has penned a new four-and-a-half year contract with the club.

The Israeli anchorman, 24, joined the Bhoys from Ashdod in the summer of 2013, with Neil Lennon bringing him in as a replacement for Victor Wanyama, who had signed for Southampton.

However, Bitton had a slow start to life with Celtic, before bursting in to life under Ronny Deila last season. The 6ft 5in defensive midfielder became a mainstay of the Bhoys team last term, forming a superb partnership with Scott Brown in the heart of midfield.

That has continued this term, and many have wondered whether Bitton could be the next player to make the move from Celtic Park to the Premier League, just as Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk and the aforementioned Wanyama have with Southampton.

That possibility will have to wait though, as Celtic today confirmed on their official website that Bitton has signed a new contract until 2020, which will certainly help ward off interest in his signature.

Now, Bitton has admitted that as soon as he was offered a deal by Celtic, he was intent on signing the contract - and claims he gets goosebumps when he plays for the club, hence his desire to stay at Celtic and commit his future to the club until 2020.

"As soon as I got a new offer from Celtic I had no questions about signing. When you play for a club like Celtic you don’t think twice," said Bitton. "It’s a huge club, the best fans in the world and Celtic Park is one of the best stages in Europe so I’m just delighted to extend my stay here."

"Celtic is a special club and every time I go to the pitch I get goosebumps. When the fans sing You’ll Never Walk Alone it’s like something from a dream and these kinds of things make my life easier and happier - I’m just happy to stay here. As a player, when you get the trust of a club it gives you confidence and you appreciate it. You just want to give that back as much as you can and like I say, when you play here you don’t think twice."

"I enjoy every minute at Celtic and my wife is very happy here so there was never any need for change. This is where I want to be. I have a great relationship with the manager and the backroom staff at Celtic who have all been magnificent with me and I have a group of team-mates who I respect so highly. I am so pleased to commit my long-term future to Celtic and I now look forward to doing everything I can to bring the Club and our fans more and more success," he added.

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