Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton suggests pressure of playing at Parkhead is the same as playing for Real Madrid

The Scottish Premiership leaders are looking to bounce back after a disappointing week.

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton believes that the pressure of playing for the Hoops is at a similar level to playing for Real Madrid, after Ronny Deila's side endured a difficult week, the Daily Record reports.

The Bhoys' somewhat unconvincing victory over East Kilbride in the Scottish Cup last weekend provided a slightly positive end to an eight-day spell which saw them knocked out of the League Cup by Ross County, while a defeat to Aberdeen four days later helped the Dons wipe out the club's lead at the top of the Premiership. 

And while Bitton hinted that the squad is starting to feel the pressure, he insisted that it is only normal for a club of Celtic's stature to be under the microscope, and suggested that the side are just focusing on the next game.

"It was a tough week, two disappointing results, first the semi-final then the Aberdeen game but when you play for a club like Celtic you always want to win and bounce back," he told the Record.

"If you look at the biggest teams in the world, you always have tough times.

"If you look at Chelsea or Real Madrid, they don't even win every game.

"Sometimes you have this kind of thing. The most important thing is to bounce back and win the next game."

The club's next game will provide Deila's men with the opportunity to make up for one of the disappointments of the previous couple of weeks as they come up against the side that knocked them out of the League Cup, this time in the league. 

And while the Hoops still have the advantage in the league - boasting a game in hand and a vastly superior goal difference over Aberdeen - and still remain in the Scottish Cup, the pressure that Bitton speaks about will surely only subside if they enjoy an almost perfect run until the end of the campaign that ends with them being victorious in both of the competitions they remain in.  

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