Celtic fans were absolutely loving life on Saturday evening when their side overcame Airdrieonians 3-0 at Parkhead as they continued their defence of the Scottish Cup. It was a great win for the Hoops, and it was made even better as Nir Bitton made his long-awaited return from injury off the bench.
Great to have you back today, Nir! pic.twitter.com/QlML3jkoqx
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) 19 January 2019
The Israeli midfielder has had a torrid time at Parkhead over the course of this season. Injuries have prevented him from making any kind of appearance up until Saturday, and even then he only managed eight minutes from the bench. However, if he can stay fit and build on that then the 27-year-old could find himself playing a much bigger role in the squad in the coming months.
Undoubtedly, Bitton’s return will be overshadowed by Scott Sinclair’s brace and the debut goal that Timothy Weah scored when he came off the bench in the second-half. However, having the big midfielder enforcer back in the fold will be crucial to the club’s success this season, and with his versatility to slot in and out of defence and a deep midfield role, Brendan Rodgers will love having him back.
You can read the Bhoys’ thoughts on Bitton’s return here:
Reckon he could do a job especially since Ntcham is leaving
— Llewyn (@Llewyn_Davis61) 20 January 2019
Great to see the big man back
— James Kenneth (@180Jimbo) January 19, 2019
Great big player
— Mike Callaghan (@mikenotmike78) 20 January 2019
Great to see him back in a celtic jersey, hopefully can keep fit now.
— Joe Schiavone (@joeshiv_) January 20, 2019
Great to see ye again Bitton. S’appenin
— Junior Gibbons (@Juniorh20Jg) January 19, 2019
Welcome back Nir
— No na now (@ree_law) January 20, 2019
Boom boom boooooommmmm.. let me here yall say bittttton bitton…
— Sean McGlynn (@SeanMcglynn6) 19 January 2019
The Bhoys will have loved Bitton’s return and will now be hoping the midfielder can build on his Scottish Cup cameo.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!