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Celtic midfield star set to miss crucial Champions League tie

By Alex Taylor

Brendan Rodgers believes Nir Bitton could miss out on Celtic’s crunch Champions League tie against Astana on Wednesday.

The central midfielder twisted his ankle in Celtic’s 3-1 International Champions Cup defeat to Barcelona in Dublin.

The midfielder is now a major doubt for the Hoops’ must win game at Parkhead against the Kazakhs.

“The disappointment is that we might have lost Nir Bitton for Wednesday night so we’ll see how he goes,” Rodgers told the Scottish Sun.

“He twisted his ankle in the first half which prevented him from being able to move so well.”

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Bitton spent six years playing in the Israeli Premier League before his move to the Bhoys in 2013 and admits that his eyes have always been firmly set on Champions League football.

The 24-year-old defensive-midfielder has featured in over 100 games in all competitions since his arrival, earning himself three Scottish Premier League medals in that time.

The Israel international has been a regular in his national side since breaking through the youth levels.

In the wake of Rodgers’ appointment, Bitton has expressed his desire to prove himself to the new manager rather than leave the club.

In other Celtic team news, Chris Sutton has slammed goalkeeper Craig Gordon for his howler against Astana, but says the Hoops did well to get a 1-1 result.