By Harvey Byrne

Former striker and outspoken pundit Chris Sutton has urged Brendan Rodgers to axe Nir Bitton from his team in the future.

The 25-year-old midfielder lined up in the back four on Friday evening as the Hoops faced Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership.

The Glasgow giants ground out a tight 1-0 victory over their opponents, but it could have been a different story had the referee punished Bitton for a foul on Miles Storey in the Celtic penalty area late into the game.

Sutton himself has admitted that Partick should have been awarded a penalty and believes Bitton is not the player Celtic want in there side when there is more at stake such as qualifying for the Champions League.

“It should have been a penalty and Celtic looked the dominant team all night,” told Sutton, as shown via the BT Sport Twitter account.

“But, in a big Champions League game with so much at stake, look take it from me, he (Bitton) isn’t the man.”

Injuries to each of Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata have left Celtic light in the central defensive position, causing Rodgers to use players such as Bitton out of position.

The Hoops’ next match will see them host Astana for the Champions League qualifying at Parkhead on Wednesday and Rodgers will certainly be hoping to field a full strength team to ensure the Glasgow giants reach the group stages at the very least.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops are interested in signing this highly rated 20-year-old.

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