By Harvey Byrne
Usual Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton played the full 90 minutes in the back-line in Tuesday’s Champions League qualifying clash against FC Astana – and Hoops fans on Twitter have destroyed his display.
The 25-year-old started the clash in Kazakhstan with the Hoops going in confident after earning a huge 5-0 victory in the first leg when the two met at Parkhead last season.
However, Tuesday afternoon was not to be the same script as an own goal from Kristoffer Ajer alongside efforts from Serikhan Muzhikov and a Patrick Twumasi double cancelled goals from Scott Sinclair, Olivier Ntcham and Leigh Griffiths.
Fortunately for Celtic they have still qualified for the Champions League group stage with a 8-4 victory on aggregate.
But, that did not stop a number of fans on social media tearing into players like Bitton, who played their part in Tuesday’s result.
A number of fans stated that he’s far from the quality to play in defence at Champions League level, while another went as far as to label him as “clueless.”
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Brown, Bitton and Lustig are absolutely clueless
— . (@CFCruairi) August 22, 2017
Bitton is all over the place right now
— Conor Cheyne (@ConorCheyne) August 22, 2017
@celticfc announce bitton contract termination
— Seán McBride???????? (@_seannmcbride) August 22, 2017
100%. Bitton is nowhere near good enough for the starting 11.
— tim calvey (@timothy_calvey) August 22, 2017
Shambles at the back bitton n Brown pathetic in this 2nd half this would be the most embarrassing result in our history if we go out
— Andy hynes (@andyhy88) August 22, 2017
That defending is honking…Lack of quality at the back really showing. We're not going to get away with Bitton at the back in group stages
— Daniel Kelly (@DanielKelly67) August 22, 2017
Bitton has played six games in all competitions this season with all of those appearances coming in the centre-back position.
However, it is clear that fans don’t want to see him lining out in the back four again any time soon.
In other Celtic news, this Hoops senior man was spotted at a Premier League clash.