Date: 27th September 2020 at 8:31pm
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Nir Bitton is no longer the unsung hero of the Celtic squad.

The Israeli has fallen badly down the pecking order for midfield places but turned in an outstanding display in defence as Celtic beat Hibs 3-0 with their best performance of the season.

Shane Duffy and Kris Ajer may be considered as proper defenders but Bitton’s place alongside them in a back three seemed to bring an extra layer of composure to the side.

Bitton is no slouch defensively but his real strength is bringing the ball out. From the back he has much more time to ping passes around with the more attacking players well tuned in to that attribute.

Chris Jullien is regarded by most as the third element of the new look defence but if the Frenchman is fit for Sarajevo on Thursday he is likely to be watching from the bench.

Not since the early days of Brendan Rodgers has Bitton been a regular in midfield, at that time Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor and Stuart Armstrong pushed their way into the starting XI.

Now Ryan Christie, David Turnbull and Olivier Ntcham are competing for those places but on recent showings it will take some work for anyone to shift Bitton out of defence.