Date: 10th November 2019 at 9:07am
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Nir Bitton is a January target for Burnley according to a report in The Sun.

The Israeli joined Celtic in 2013 from Ashdod and is out of contract at the end of this season and able to sign a pre-contract agreement in January,

Bitton arrived as a midfielder before being converted into an emergency central defender by Brendan Rodgers and has mainly featured in that position under Neil Lennon.

With his contract ticking down a token fee would allow the move to go through during the January transfer window as The Sun reports:

Burnley are ready to make their move for Bitton after being impressed with his displays for club and country. Dyche wants him in January to boost his options in a number of different positions at Turf Moor. Bitton could compete with Jack Cork and Ashley Westwood in midfield and also offer cover at the back.

Burnley would be able to offer Bitton a significant pay rise and a substantial signing on fee alongwith a regular chance of first team football.

With Callum McGregor, Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, Ryan Christe and Tom Rogic competing for midfielder places that area of the Celtic team is virtually a closed shop with Ntcham and Rogic struggling for game time.

Should Celtic offer Bitton a top rate new contract

Yes, we need his experience

Yes, we need his experience

No, decent servant, time to move on

No, decent servant, time to move on

Bitton appears very settled in Glasgow but at the age of 28 a three or four year contract in the richest league in the world would be hard to resist.