John Collins heaps praise on wanted Celtic man Nir Bitton

The Israeli has been in good form this year.

Celtic certainly face a continuing battle to keep their players north of the border. Once a player begins to succeed on a regular and eye-catching basis teams from the Premier League predictably become interested.

One such player is Israel international Nir Bitton.

The 24-year-old joined Celtic from hometown club FC Ashdod in 2013 and has gone on to become one of Scottish football's more respected players in that time.

In recent times he has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with Sunderland one team said to be keen on the tall midfield dynamo.

However the club have made it clear he will be staying put, with assistant manager John Collins reiterating that fact once again today.

He is quoted by stv as stating:

"He's been a terrific player for us, he's had a fantastic 12 months and hopefully he's going to have many more for Celtic. He's a terrific young boy to work with and I know he's enjoying playing with Celtic.

"He's [worth] £10 million plus, he's a very good football player and he's only going to get better.

"He's a very level headed young man, very focused and he knows his job is to train every day and play for Celtic."

Celtic are currently top of the Scottish Premiership but keeping the likes of Biton could be imperative to their hopes of getting back to winning ways in European football after another disappointing campaign in that sphere this term.

It certainly looks more likely than not that Biton will finish the season as a Celtic player.

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