Nir Bitton could lead an exodus of players out the door at Celtic this summer, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he was expecting wholesale changes among the squad after a calamitous season at Parkhead.

The Scottish Sun report Maccabi Tel Aviv are plotting a summer move for Bitton, 29, with a major overhaul of players expected in Glasgow.

The Israel international joined the Bhoys back in 2013 and has played 232 times for the club to date.

A midfielder by trade, Neil Lennon has primarily utilised the 6ft 5in star as a centre-back this season.

Despite having a contract until 2023, Hutton believes Bitton’s time at Parkhead could be coming to an end and suggested there would be many more departures over the summer.

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Asked if he expected Bitton to be one of the first to leave, Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Yeah, and I’ve got a feeling it could be a big turnaround and I think it has to be.

“They’ve got by over the past maybe eight, nine, ten seasons with a lot of the same core players, but I think it’s come to a time where it does need a change.

“I mean you can see it, there’s a lot of players that have been wanting out for a long time now. Neil Lennon wasn’t slow in coming out and saying that in the press.


“I think it’s a case of trying to get out the ones that don’t want to be there, and keep working hard with the ones that do and really trying to move forward.

“I’ve got a feeling it could be an interesting summer for Celtic.”

In other news, Football Insider has delivered an update on Celtic bid to sign Liam Shaw after agreement secured.