Brendan Rodgers hints Nir Bitton will be allowed to leave Celtic if he wants to move on

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Nir Bitton has struggled for opportunities this season, and has thus, been linked with a move away.

Brendan Rodgers has seemingly left the path clear for Nir Bitton to leave Celtic by suggesting that he would sanction a move for any player if it is in everyone's best interests, the Daily Record reports.

One year ago, the 25-year-old's stock was rapidly rising and there was even speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal (via The Scottish Sun). However, this term has been much more of a struggle.

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Celtic's Nir Bitton in action with Rangers' Andy HallidayCeltic's Nir Bitton in action with Rangers' Andy Halliday

Under Rodgers, Bitton has made 14 Scottish Premiership appearances, but just six starts in the top flight. And while he is once again linked with a Parkhead exit - the Record reports that Fulham and Espanyol are keen - the clubs interested would give the Israel international the chance to re-establish himself rather than make the kind of leap that an Emirates switch would.

And Rodgers confirmed that there is the potential for a deal to be agreed.

"He was unfortunate when he came off against Rangers, Stuart came in and flowed but that's football," he said, as reported by the Record.

"He's come into games and done his job well. He's just signed a contract but of course, I'll always have conversations with players.

"I had an honest conversation with Stefan Johansen and if what any player wants to do marries with the thoughts of the club, then it's fine."

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

It would perhaps not be that big a surprise if Bitton did ultimately move on during the January transfer window. Though he has been an important player for Celtic in recent seasons, the seemingly-imminent arrival of Kouassi Eboue suggests that he may soon find himself even further down the pecking order.

And if an offer comes in that sees Bitton offered regular first-team football elsewhere, it is difficult to imagine that he will not be at least tempted to consider leaving the Bhoys. 

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