By Harvey Byrne
Celtic fans on Twitter have shared their worries over the inclusion of midfield enforcer Nir Bitton in the starting line-up against FC Astana on Tuesday evening.
The Glasgow giants are preparing for a Champions League qualifying clash against the Kazakhstan-based club at Parkhead on Tuesday, which will see them without both Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko in the back line due to injury.
This has led to manager Brendan Rodgers naming Bitton in the centre-back positions for the third match this campaign and it follows a questionable display against Partick Thistle on Friday evening where he almost gave away a penalty in the dying seconds.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 16, 2017
This meant that a number of Celtic fans on social media aired their doubts over playing Bitton in such a crucial match as the one against FC Astana and some felt that youngster Kristoffer Ajer may have been a better option.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@ClydeSSB Surely Lustig is a better fit at Centre back than Bitton,Just hope we don't live to regret it,especially with £25m plus at stake,
— Another Season Another Treble (@anthony19641888) August 16, 2017
Bitton shouldn't be on that park ajer is the better option https://t.co/bRW00RQ3cM
— Ben Ward (@BenNic1888) August 16, 2017
Bitton is playing …. god help us
— John Evans (@fuengirolajohn) August 16, 2017
Bitton at CH gives me the fear! Really hope that this massive gamble by Brendan Rodgers pays off! 🙏🏻🍀😢🙄 #COYBIG
— 𝙎𝘾𝙊𝙏𝙏𝙔 𝙂 (@7govscott) August 16, 2017
Why can't Ajer, a natural CH, start ahead of Bitton? With all due respect. https://t.co/60Uj851r7F
— Richard Brush fan club (@MrCliftonville) August 16, 2017
Bitton gives me the fear but mon Celtic 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀 https://t.co/Julh4M6nGk
— Collette (@colletteb89) August 16, 2017
Celtic last played FC Astana in the 2016-17 campaign at the third qualifying stage of the Champions League.
A late penalty goal from the Hoops’ Moussa Dembele was needed to ensure Rodgers’ side’s qualification after they battled to a hard-fought 3-2 aggregate win across both legs.
The Glasgow giants will certainly be hoping to make it an easier passage this time around and Bitton will be hoping to put in a starring display at Parkhead to ensure Celtic can travel to Kazakhstan next Tuesday in comfortable fashion.