Hapoel Be’er Sheva, an Israeli club, will make an approach for Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton this summer.
It’s not the first time this year that Bitton has been linked with a summer departure. According to sources from February, Maccabi Tel Aviv was considering a move for the versatile Hoops player at the end of the season.
Bitton, who has 233 appearances for Celtic, has been in and out of the team this season, starting just 11 league games, all as a centre-back.
Bitton is a priority for Hapoel Be’er Sheva, according to one Israeli outlet quoted by The Scotsman, who look poised to make a bid for the player Colin Watt dubbed “Mr Reliable.”
Hapoel Be’er Sheva seems to be undergoing their own summer reconstruction in the coming months, with Bitton reportedly on their transfer wishlist.
If Celtic obtain an offer for Bitton, new CEO Dominic McKay and the rest of the Celtic management team will have to make a major decision.
Bitton, who earns £14,000 a week at Parkhead, could play as a central midfielder as well as a centre-back, so his versatility could be beneficial to the Hoops in the future.
He has more than two years left on his Celtic contract, but we don’t think the club should be under the pressure to part ways with him this summer.
It may be crucial for a new director of football and manager to come before the summer window opens, as they would have a significant impact in Bitton’s future – purchasing or selling players before a new boss arrives seems like a blueprint for failure.