Celtic's Nir Bitton (R) celebrates
Celtic will take on Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Champions League qualifying playoff tie this month.
The Scottish Premiership giants will head into the tie as favourites and should be able to progress to the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition with relative ease.
Adam Rooney (L) in action with Celtic's Nir Bitton
Former Celtic midfielder and manager Hay has underlined the importance of Bitton in the Champions League qualifying playoff tie.
Bitton is a 24-year-old defensive midfielder who is from Israel. The Israel international started his professional club football career at FC Ashdod before joining Glasgow giants Celtic in the summer of 2013.
Celtic's Nir Bitton (R) in action with Jackson Irvine (L)
“The usual preparations will get underway immediately know with the club analysing their opponents and looking at the way they set up but I would definitely expect that Nir Bitton can come into his own in a situation like this too,” Hay wrote in The Glasgow Evening Times.
“The midfielder will know a fair bit about the team and how they will play and you use everything at your disposal to get the information you need.”
Celtic kicked off their 2016-17 Scottish Premiership campaign with a narrow 2-1 victory over Heart of Midlothian away from home at the Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh on Sunday afternoon.
Celtic's Nir Bitton celebrates with teammates