NIR BITTON reckons Maccabi Tel Aviv team-mate Oscar Gloukh should SNUB Celtic – for the time being.
The champions have been monitoring the progress of the exciting 18-year-old midfielder, as CQN reported over a month ago.
As anticipated, Gloukh last week signed a new contract until June 2025 which ensures the Israeli club will receive a fee when he inevitably chooses to move on.
A senior source, speaking to local media outlet Onet, insisted this would be the youngster’s last season in Tel Aviv.
The club have slapped a £6million price tag on Gloukh which would not necessarily scare off Ange Postecoglou or the Hoops hierarchy who didn’t baulk at paying £3.5million for Liel Abada, who was then a virtually unknown 19-year-old with Maccabi Petah Tikva, in July last year.
FAREWELL TO PARADISE…Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic carry out the Premiership trophy as they say a last goodbye to Celtic after the 6-0 win over Motherwell on May 14.
However, Bitton, the Parkhead side’s one-time versatile performer who won eight titles before leaving the club at the end of last season, insisted his colleague should consider remaining at Maccabi.
The Israel international defender, speaking to sports outlet Ynet, said: “Oscar is my room-mate. I’ve had the opportunity to talk to him many times.
“I think that Gloukh should not rush to go abroad. Leaving Maccabi Tel Aviv is not necessarily the best thing for him right now.
“I think it will do him good to lead Maccabi Tel Aviv to titles and achievements before he leaves for Europe. He is still young.”
Gloukh is already attracting interest from elsewhere after his impressive start to the campaign with four goals and five assists in just nine league games.