Exclusive: Hutton suggests Celtic player in uphill battle despite major boost under Lennon

Alan Hutton suggested that Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton was in an uphill battle when it comes to regularly featuring.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Scotland international admitted that he didn’t envision the 28-year-old playing every week for the Hoops.

Bitton signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the Hoops earlier in December which will see him stay at the club until 2023.

Hutton explained the deal was a massive boost for the midfielder as it shows Neil Lennon obviously likes him but shared he thought it would be difficult for the midfielder to break into the first-team on a regular basis.

When asked if it’s a massive boost for Britton to have got a new three-year deal as he’ wasn’t guaranteed a new deal, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah…I wasn’t shocked, he’s obviously a good player, I just think the Celtic team are doing very good at the moment, they’re very settled.

“And it was always going to be difficult to break back into, he has got minutes as of late.

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“But do I see him playing every week? I don’t think so.

“I mean it’s good for him, obviously Neil Lennon likes him based on that and he has used him.

“He’s signed the long-term deal, so it’s up to him to go prove his worth and get a first-team slot which is going to be difficult.

“But he obviously believes he can do it and that’s why he’s signed the deal.”

Bitton has played 22 times across all competitions for the Hoops this season with 10 of his appearances coming in the league.

The Israel international has been with the Hoops since joining from FC Ashdod in 2013.

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