Nir Bitton is an important player for Celtic.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has suggested to The Scottish Sun that talks with Nir Bitton over a new contract are to start soon.

Bitton is out of contract at Celtic at the end of the season, having been on the books of the Glasgow giants since the summer of 2013 when he joined from FC Ashdod from a transfer fee reported by The Glasgow Evening Times to be worth £700,000.

Lennon has spoken highly of the 27-year-old Israel international defensive midfielder, and has suggested that he wants him to stay the Hoops beyond next summer.

Lennon told The Scottish Sun about Bitton, who is currently on the sidelines with a hamstring injury: “I was delighted with the way he was playing, he’s been outstanding whether he has played in midfield or at centre-half.

“Sometimes he can be a bit too composed! But from what I’ve seen of him lately, he’s been absolutely superb. There’s a maturity about him as well that has pleased me.

“Obviously we know about his contract situation and that’s something we’ll be looking to change as we go along too. Hopefully we can get it sorted soon.”

Important player for Celtic

Bitton has been superb for Celtic over the years, and he has also shown his versatility by playing brilliantly as a central defender when asked to.

The Israel international is at the peak of his powers at the age of 27, and securing his future on a new long-term contract does make sense for Celtic.

During his time at the Hoops so far, Bitton has won the league title six times, the Scottish League Cup on four occasions, and the Scottish Cup thrice.

In other news, PL man doesn't want 83-cap international joining Tottenham amid rumours