Celtic ace Nir Bitton reflects on red card redemption from Champions League draw –

NIR BITTON’s path to redemption from the first official match of Ange Postecoglou’s reign, the red card that changed the scale of the draw against FC Midtjylland in the Champions League this summer, has been reflected in 33 games with Celtic since then .

As one of the senior players on Parkhead’s team, Bitton was used in key stages of the Greek-Australian campaign.

There was also a red card for the Israeli international when Celtic last played Dundee United, who face the Scottish Cup tomorrow night. If the midfielder is still bothered by this, he knows that for any player in the club it is a winning mentality from the moment the club door opens for the first time.

“First of all I don’t think it’s a red card, you know, we’ve seen some crazy decisions in this championship. “It’s a football match and we’ve seen teams win games with ten or even nine players on a number of occasions.

“I don’t know if we would have won the game if I had stayed on the pitch, so my red card could have been better for the team.

I will be honest with you for nine years, this club always wants to win. There is no time to settle down or take a break. A lot is expected of you as soon as you sign up for this club. Everyone expects you to win. games and everyone is waiting for you to compete for titles, trophies.

“When Gaffer signed, we all knew it was going to be a tough start because a lot of new players came in, but we’ve improved a lot during that time. We are a good place and I hope it continues.

As part of the Invincibles team and the era of victory four to three, Bitton appreciates the mindset needed to be successful in the long run.

“You don’t really think you’re earning the highs on a daily basis,” he said.

“You trained every day to prepare for the next game and follow it step by step. We are not thinking too much, we still have two months to play this season and we will try to give our best in every game.

“When you play for Celtic you want to win every possible trophy and we do it step by step. There are still many games to play and we try to do our best in every game and in the end we will see. the game. season.

Despite his success at Celtic, Bitton insists on taking nothing lightly. Postecglou raised the bar in terms of expected standards and training intensity, skeptical that anyone who felt confident on the team would be discredited.

“I disagree, it’s a great achievement for me to play for this great club. I am part of a good team and I want to continue. Over the years with injuries (for other players), some managers have asked me to play as a central defender, which I fully accept and take.

So I try to do my best, both as a midfielder and as a defender. You have good games and bad games, you have to accept that. As I said in previous interviews, wherever the actor chooses. “I will try to do my best for him, for the coaches and for the fans to be able to play.

“Sometimes it gets better, sometimes it gets worse, but at the end of the day, this is football and players older than me have played bad games, so that’s okay for me.”

Source: Herald Scotland