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Celtic fans react to Nir Bitton's performance

Nir Bitton (R) of Celtic and Stephen Lowry (L) of Linfield during the Champions League second round first leg qualifying game between Linfield and Celtic at Windsor Park on July 14, 2017...

Celtic fans want Kristoffer Ajer in the first XI against Astana.

Celtic fans on Twitter want Kristoffer Ajer to replace Nir Bitton for their first-leg Champions League qualifier with Astana on Wednesday.

The Israel international has been used as a makeshift centre-back in recent weeks due to injuries to Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata.

Nir Bitton (C) of Celtic is tracked by Josh Windass (L) and Rob Kiernan (R) of Rangers during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on October 23,...

And, being fair, Bitton has looked fairly comfortable in that role, but he no longer inspires confidence among the Hoops faithful after his performance on Friday.

Celtic edged out Partick Thistle with a 1-0 victory which the 25-year-old jeopardised by making a rash challenge late on in the penalty area, with Partick arguing afterwards that they should have had a penalty awarded for the perceived foul.

And fans of the Premiership champions have urged manager Brendan Rodgers to replace him with 19-year-old Ajer for their clash with Astana.

It's a huge game for Celtic, who will look to put one foot into the group stages of the Champions League by winning.

They could get up to £30 million as a reward for their qualification and there is absolutely no margin for error, so perhaps the supporters are right.

Lyon's forward Houssem Aouar (R) vies with Celtic's defender Kristoffer Ajer during the pre-season friendly football match between Glasgow Celtic and Olympique Lyonnais at Celtic Park in...

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