Celtic midfielder clarifies position amidst transfer speculation, is less than reassuring

Nir Bitton says he is not thinking about a move away from the Bhoys "for now" but admits his dream is to play at the highest level in Europe.

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has not done much to reassure the club's fans that he will be staying at the club this summer, saying that although his focus is on the Bhoys "for now", his dream remains to play at the highest level in Europe, according to quotes published by the Scottish Sun.

There has been speculation about Bitton's future for much of this season with the Israeli international impressing at Parkhead, having scored eight goals in 38 appearances in all competitions.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to England at various points during the campaign, and his agent reportedly claimed that he would be worth up to £10 million if he was pursued during the transfer window.

Talking about his future, Bitton insisted that his focus was on helping Celtic win the Scottish Premiership title for now, but did not deny that he still dreams of playing at the highest level in Europe.

He said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun: "Celtic are an amazing club and the fans are among the best in the world and it’s Celtic who have given me the tools in my football career to succeed. I treat every game the same and view every single game as a match we must win. That’s what playing for Celtic does for you.

"If I continue to show those qualities and keep improving then I think the sky is the limit, but for now I don’t think about moving. It’s nice that people seem to have high expectation for me.

"[However], the dream of every football player is to play at the highest level in Europe and I’m no different from that."

Bitton has been an explosive player for the Hoops since joining from Ashdod in his native Israel, gaining a reputation for scoring important and often spectacular goals but also for occasionally failing to control his discipline.

The defensive midfielder has scored 10 goals in 101 appearances for the club in all competitions since arriving at Parkhead in 2013.

Meanwhile, thanks to a stunning late winner from Tom Rogic, who replaced Bitton after 79 minutes of Saturday's clash with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, Ronny Deila's side have moved four points clear of Aberdeen with a game in hand as they look to seal a fifth league title in a row.

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