Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has his fair share of detractors at Parkhead, but Charlie Mulgrew believes the Bhoys really need him right now.
Ange Postecoglou is still seeking fluency and consistency from his Celtic side, with results a little patchy.
A 2-1 win over Aberdeen heading into the international break was a great result, and Postecoglou needs more moving forward.
With so many new signings arriving, Celtic do need their long-serving players to step up and be counted.
One of them is Bitton, who joined Celtic from Ashdod in his native Israel back in 2013.
The 29-year-old is now edging towards 250 appearances for Celtic, and was brought into the starting lineup to face Aberdeen.
Bitton is now on international duty with Israel, meaning he will take n Scotland once again tonight.
Some maybe don’t always appreciate Bitton at Celtic, but he could end up nailing down a defensive midfield role with McGregor.
Former Celtic teammate Charlie Mulgrew has now told The Scottish Sun that he could see Bitton’s talent from the first day he joined the Bhoys.
Mulgrew feels that Celtic ‘really need’ Bitton right now, because he understands everything about Celtic – something that should help the new signings settle in.
“You could see Nir was a really good player from the moment he first came to the club. He was a young, raw midfielder, but you could see he had skill,” said Mulgrew. “He just needed to build up his strength in the gym and learn the British game. I think he would admit that himself.”
“He was really slim at that time and quite lightweight. But he quickly adapted and he had a really good spell for us under Ronny Deila. The thing about Nir is he’s a really good passer of the ball. His technique is fantastic.”
“From a club point of view, he’s one of the players Celtic really need right now because he understands what it’s all about to play there. There’s no doubt he’s a big player for Israel too,” he added.