CELTIC will tell would-be suitors of Nir Bitton that they are wasting their time – he is NOT for sale.
The classy Israeli international midfielder, signed from FC Ashdod in August 2013, has been attracting some admiring glances from top-flight English clubs.
Bitton, 24, now rated around the £12million mark, agreed a new five-year deal with the champions at the beginning of the season.
But the player’s agent, Dudu Duhan, has been quoted in his homeland suggesting that “three or four” interested clubs have already lodged offers.
Dahan added: “I can’t say who they are, but they all have enough money to buy him.
“Celtic first gave him a chance and they believed in him. They have the right to decide his future.”
The Hoops, though, have absolutely no intention of selling the cultured midfield man and he is a valued first team squad member with the Parkhead side already gearing for the summer qualifiers and the bid to make the group stages of the Champions League.
Bitton was happy to sign a deal which tied him to Celtic until 2020 and admitted he believed his career was on the right path.
The player during the international break spoke of his reluctance to leave Celtic merely to play at the bottom half of the Premier League in England but admitted that playing for Arsenal would appeal.
At Stirling on Friday evening former Celtic fullback Tosh McKinlay told the Celtic supporters present at the 20th Anniversary of the Tommy Gemmell CSC that when he was a teenager he “could have signed for Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool, but none of them wanted him so he signed for Dundee!”
Celtic have a Scottish Cup semi final against MSM favourites Sevco this Sunday. Yesterday the ‘unsettle Celtic’ story linked Peter Lawwell with the Sunderland CEO job. Now it’s back to the Bitton story from a week or so ago.