By Harry Sykes
Nir Bitton was once again used at centre-back by Celtic in their 1-1 draw against St Johnstone on Saturday – and fans took to Twitter to pan his display.
The midfielder, 25, has been deployed as an emergency centre-back due in the early weeks of the season due to an injury crisis.
Senior trio Jozo Simunovic, Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata were once again omitted for Saturday’s clash at Parkhead, although the former was an unused substitute.
Manager Brendan Rodgers selected right-back Mikael Lustig and Bitton as his centre-back pairing, which did not go down well with supporters as the home side struggled against Tommy Wright’s side.
Bitton bore the brunt of much of the criticism, as supporters tore into him for his ponderous build-up play and propensity for errors.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Nir Bitton and Craig Gordon were absolutely horrendous
— Jed Marr???? (@jedmarr8892) August 26, 2017
Bitton is not a centre-half & never will be.
— John Coyne (@JohnCoy29071630) August 26, 2017
Bitton is pish and al say it again bitton is pish
— DEL SCOTT (@derekscott1990) August 26, 2017
Give me caldwell and mcmanus before bitton and lustig all day everyday
— Jonny McLennan (@JONNYBHOY07) August 26, 2017
its like nir bitton actually wants you tae no like him ….. hes pish always has been always will be
— Aidenn Blackie (@scotsgamer) August 26, 2017
Bitton is useless
— ryan (@RyanHume3) August 26, 2017
Genuinely one of the most disgraceful defensive performances I’ve seen from Celtic. Get Bitton punted right now
— Jacko (@RyanJackson_21) August 26, 2017
Get bitton in goal ????
— Martin Crooks (@crooksie11) August 26, 2017
Rodgers’ side rescued a point through a 79th minute Callum McGregor goal as they came from behind to extend their unbeaten run in domestic football to 53 games.
St Johnstone took the lead just before half-time through Steven MacLean, who took advantage of a Craig Gordon error.
Celtic’s failure to take all three points means they skip to second in the league table behind Aberdeen, who won 4-3 at Partick Thistle in a thriller.
In other Celtic news, a major transfer has hit the skids just when it appeared to have been done.