NIR BITTON is back in Scotland after a five week break back home in Israel and is already looking forward to playing for new Celtic manager  Brendan Rodgers.

The classy midfielder this week arrived at Lennoxtown to start an intensive pre-season training schedule before the squad heads to Slovenia on tour. Speaking to Celtic TV Bitton was full of enthusiasm for the season ahead and the prospect of working with the new gaffer.

“It’s always a pleasure to be here,” Bitton said. “It has been five weeks off now we’re back to business and we’re looking forward to the upcoming season.

“We’re going to Slovenia to prepare for the new season, to understand what the gaffer wants from us and to hopefully be ready for the Champions League qualification.

“It is a big honour to be trained by Brendan Rodgers and I’m looking forward to the season starting to show him my quality and that I deserve to play.

“I’m looking to keep my place in the team, to win more trophies with this club, to make the supporters proud and I really want to go to the Champions League, it’s my dream.”


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